Covid-19: TERS extension

Covid-19: TERS extension

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has extended the National State of Disaster to 15 November 2020.

The Minister of Employment and Labour, previously, extended the TERS benefits to be available for the duration of the State of Disaster.

Therefore, the TERS benefits remain available for the period 15 October to 15 November 2020.

It should be noted that the TERS benefits are, as per the previous regulation, only available  where the employer:

  • is not yet permitted to operate either fully or partially due to lockdown regulations; and/or
  • is unable to implement special measures in respect of vulnerable employees, or is unable to make alternative arrangements for them to work from home; and/or
  • is unable to use employees, either fully or partially, because of operational requirements. Operational requirements in this context seems to refer to the need to limit the number of employees in the workplace by staggering of working hours, short time, etc. as required by the regulations.

We will keep members abreast of further developments in this regard.