Rethinking leadership in the post-COVID era
Jul 27, 2022 Covid-19

Rethinking leadership in the post-COVID era

Being a good boss is hard. In fact, a study by Gallup revealed that only 10 percent of people have the innate traits required to become good leaders. “Fortunately, these skills can be learned,” says Sarene Nel, Managing Director of Tétris Design and…
No masks - with caution
Jul 25, 2022 Covid-19

No masks - with caution

South Africa recently relaxed the majority of coronavirus restrictions including the removal of mask wearing regulation. MasterDrive would like to assure their clients that we will respect the desire to no longer wear a mask and pay the same respect…
Now that it is over, what risks remain?
Jul 19, 2022 Covid-19

Now that it is over, what risks remain?

Although certain dominant role players, either as a result of being misinformed, selfish economic interest or fear of embarrassment, persist with their ‘vaccine’-mandate policies, by far the majority of South Africans have seen through this…
COVID-19: How Can You Possibly Believe Them?
May 10, 2022 Covid-19

COVID-19: How Can You Possibly Believe Them?

But for a few exceptions, Government and all the institutions they control are struggling; and this is putting it mildly. We can be grateful for those institutions which are still functioning, but “one swallow does not a summer make”. Referring to…
COVID-19: Health Minister Promulgates Regulations
May 06, 2022 Covid-19

COVID-19: Health Minister Promulgates Regulations

Although NEASA has a moral obligation to inform members of current statutory obligations, for the following reasons, NEASA distances itself from the regulations dealt with herein: the wearing of masks is a ridiculous, nonsensical arrangement; the…
Covid-19: Out of touch Government gets desperate
Apr 13, 2022 Covid-19

Covid-19: Out of touch Government gets desperate

By Gerhard Papenfus Government’s futile attempt at ‘persuading’ its citizens in order to improve vaccine uptake If Government wants public uptake of their vaccine-drive, they need to produce an effective and safe product, they need to encourage open…
Apr 06, 2022 Covid-19

COVID-19: State of Disaster lifted but Regulations Remain

The President announced that the Covid-19 State of Disaster will be lifted as of 5 April 2022. The effect of this is that all regulations promulgated under the Disaster Management Act fall away with immediate effect, with the exception of a number…
Mar 24, 2022 Covid-19

We Do Not Appreciate The Relaxation of COVID Measures

... it should not have been introduced in the first place. By Gerhard Papenfus South Africa is slowly moving towards a police state, under the facade of a health scare. For some it may have been a privilege this morning not to wear a mask outdoors,…
Mar 16, 2022 Covid-19

COVID-19: Clinging to power for a bit longer

Quite unceremoniously, South Africans have been informed that the National State of Disaster has, once again, been extended until 15 April 2022. That is after the President’s indication that the current arrangement, which would have ended today at…
Feb 02, 2022 Covid-19

COVID-19: Alert Level One Isolation Protocols Adjusted

This week the Presidency issued a statement indicating that Cabinet decided to amend the Covid-19 Alert Level One isolation protocols, with immediate effect. The amended protocols are as follows: those who test positive, with no symptoms, do not…
Dec 28, 2021 Covid-19

COVID-19: Isolation and Quarantine Requirements Amended

On 23 December 2021, the Director-General of Health issued a circular to all heads of Provincial Health Departments, amending the Covid-19 contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols. In terms of the circular, the protocols are amended as…
Dec 06, 2021 Covid-19

Business organisations oppose national vaccine mandates

Lawyers acting for the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA) and four other business organisations have sent a letter regarding the issue of mandatory vaccination to the Presidency. The letter states: “Our clients are opposed to…
Oct 08, 2021 Covid-19

Business insolvencies in South Africa rise by 21.5%

Thanks to massive state intervention, global insolvencies decreased in 2020 (-12%) and will continue to do so in 2021 (-6%). Euler Hermes expects global insolvencies to rise by +15% in 2022, but still at a low level (-4% compared to pre-crisis…
Oct 04, 2021 Covid-19

COVID-19: Amended Regulations: Adjusted Alert Level One

The President reduced the Covid-19 Alert Level to an adjusted Alert Level One. The President has indicated that the following amended regulations remain applicable:- gatherings are permitted, subject to a maximum of 750 people indoors and 2000…
Sep 28, 2021 Covid-19

Get your workspace post-Covid ready

How to create a healthy, people-centric workspace in 10 steps As we move into a new era, and people slowly return to the office, organisations are questioning traditional ideas on how work should be done, the role of the office and what the…
Sep 20, 2021 Covid-19

Remote work a win for SA ICT professionals

The Covid-19 pandemic brought with it some unexpected benefits for the South African ICT sector, including increased productivity and the potential for employers to reduce their operating costs. This is one of the findings in the first South African…
Sep 14, 2021 Covid-19

COVID-19: Amended Regulations: Adjusted Alert Level Two

Covid-19 Alert Level to an adjusted Alert Level 2. The President indicated that the following amended regulations remain applicable: gatherings are permitted, subject to a maximum of 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors or 50% of capacity for…
Sep 09, 2021 Covid-19

Opinion Piece: Financial success after the pandemic

NAVIGATING / PICKING UP THE PIECES AND MOVING FORWARD – FINANCIAL SUCCESS AFTER THE PANDEMIC Nelisiwe Masango – Financial Markets Analyst, CEO of Ubuntu Invest and one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 50 Black African Women Entrepreneurs to Watch –…
Sep 08, 2021 Covid-19

Mandatory vaccinations in the workplace: Freedom of choice

by Gerhard Papenfus and Jaco Swart NEASA’s view in summary: the decision to be vaccinated or not remains the prerogative of each individual; an employee should, under no circumstances, be forced to make a choice between an infringement of his right…
Aug 11, 2021 Covid-19

Procurement must be redefined

The 2021 Smart Procurement World Indaba, South Africa’s longest-standing event for procurement and inbound supply chain professionals, will focus on redefining the profession, which has faced enormous pressure during the COVID-19 crisis. This year…
Aug 11, 2021 Covid-19

Towards the concept of Moral Restructuring for Companies

Shaun Barnes, Executive Director at 21st Century, a specialist Remuneration and Human Capital consultancy, believes we are in uncharted social and economic waters right now. Thanks to the Covid Pandemic, depleted state finances and associated…
Aug 06, 2021 Covid-19

Will the office make a comeback post-Covid-19?

JLL Survey results from Tétris glimpse into the future of the workplace The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns worldwide have challenged conventional ideas on how we work and what a workplace should look like. Will the traditional 9-5 workday…
Aug 02, 2021 Covid-19

ESA COVID-19 situation report - Second Quarter 2021

Africa suffered its worst recession in more than 50 years in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as its GDP declined by ↓2.1%. Fortunately, a strong rebound is expected for 2021, with GDP forecasted to increase by ↑3.4% this year. Despite the…
Jul 29, 2021 Covid-19

A new business buzzword: asynchronous working

The Covid-19 pandemic has spawned its own vocabulary over the past year and a half. Terms such as ‘lockdown’, ‘R rate’ and ‘social distancing’ have become part of our day-to-day discourse. As a new world of work takes shape in the aftermath of the…
Jul 29, 2021 Covid-19

Strategies that work to emerge from a global pandemic

Emerging successfully from an economic downturn and global pandemic is no easy feat, especially if you are an SME business without large cash reserves to see you through. How do entrepreneurs combat these difficult times and come out the other side…
Jul 26, 2021 Covid-19

Covid-19: Amended Regulations: Adjusted Alert Level Three

The President, last night, reduced the Covid-19 Alert Level to an adjusted Alert Level 3. The President has indicated that the following amended regulations remain applicable: gatherings are permitted, subject to a maximum of 50 people indoors and…
Jul 22, 2021 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS benefits extended

The Department of Employment and Labour has extended the availability of the TERS benefits to sectors still being affected by the lockdown regulations and is limited to the following categories of employees: where the employer, listed in Annexure A,…
Jul 19, 2021 Covid-19

Mandatory #Vaccinations of #Employees...

By Thornton van Wyngaardt A controversial issue on the table at the moment is the Department of Employment and Labour recently amended directive on Occupational Health and Safety measures in certain workplaces published in Government Gazette No.…
Jul 15, 2021 Covid-19

COVID-19: Impacting More Than Just Your Health!

Evolving Supply Chains | SAPICS Webinar Online via Zoom Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15h00 - 16h00 SAST, CAT, GMT+2 COVID-19 has significantly impacted the technology and high value sector since early 2020, affecting the supply of raw materials,…
Jun 29, 2021 Covid-19

MasterDrive operations during Alert Level four

The change to adjusted Alert Level Four appears to be a necessity as the infection rate continues to climb across the country, particularly in Gauteng. MasterDrive would like to reassure their clients business will continue as normal except with a…
Jun 23, 2021 Covid-19

NEASA does not support infringing mandatory vaccinations

The Department of Employment and Labour, on 11 June 2021, published consolidated directions on measures to prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 in workplaces. The directions are, to a large extent, simply a consolidation of previous directions…
Jun 21, 2021 Covid-19

When the supply chain breaks

Covid-19 has exposed the reliance of companies on their supply chains and weaknesses in business continuity management in unsparing starkness. Now everyone wants to act. However, what is the right strategy to deal with the next crisis? Thusang…
May 20, 2021 Covid-19

Showing staff support during these tricky times

If you manage a team or lead a company, there will be many times when you’re faced with employees needing time off work due to difficult life events, such as ill-health, personal troubles, or a tragedy that has befallen them. Today’s uncertain times…
May 20, 2021 Covid-19

Civil Society call for a rates FREEZE

Open letter to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, National Treasury, SALGA and CoGTA Dear Minister Mboweni, Let’s put a freeze on municipal increases in rates and taxes until this economic downturn is behind us. In the midst of one of the worst economic…
May 06, 2021 Covid-19

How to Drive Warehouse Optimization in a Pandemic

Phil Lewis, Infor VP Solution Consulting EMEA, looks at how COVID-19 has accelerated the need for a truly optimized warehouse. It’s been suggested by many experts that the current pandemic has driven accelerated technology adoption across numerous…
May 06, 2021 Covid-19

Covid-19 Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund

By Rona Bekker, Senior Policy Advisor (NEASA), 05 May 2021. COIDA, RAF, UIF TERS and now… the Covid Vaccine Injury (no-fault) Compensation Fund. What do these schemes have in common? Apart from absolute dysfunctionality, corruption has been rife in…
Apr 26, 2021 Covid-19

Ask Afrika Covid-19 Omnibus Annual Review

Ask Afrika (an independent market research company) has been tracking the significant social change effected by the Covid-19 pandemic since the start of lockdown in South Africa. The main aim of the research is to understand the socio-economic…
Apr 08, 2021 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding/UIF: survey changes

As previously communicated, the UIF TERS Fund survey will be performed on a monthly basis only in future, in order to ensure optimal participation and reliable statistics. We hereby request all employers, who have ever applied for the TERS Fund…
Mar 31, 2021 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: amended regulations announced

The President, last night, amended the Covid-19 Alert Level 1 regulations. The President has indicated that the following amended regulations remain applicable:- all indoor and outdoor gatherings, including religious, political and cultural…
Mar 17, 2021 Covid-19

Intrinsic value of assets can unlock short-term cashflow

Moving quickly can unlock attractive opportunities for entrepreneurs There comes a time in a business or one’s personal affairs when cashflow becomes tight. This is stressful, but normal. The cause is often varied and can be anything from delayed…
Mar 17, 2021 Covid-19

How to reach the youth without activations

With COVID-19 having such a huge impact on society, social distancing has become something that we all have to practice. Marketing companies are now having to find other ways to reach the youth, other than going into schools to activate.…
Mar 17, 2021 Covid-19

TERS-funding survey changes

NEASA has, since the inception of the UIF TERS Fund, conducted surveys and reported on the percentages of both payments made and claims still outstanding. However, due to the fluctuation in participation in everyday surveys as well as the amendments…
Mar 11, 2021 Covid-19

eCommerce: South Africa’s new frontier

The rise of e-commerce in the country over the past year may have been driven by the pandemic, but it was long overdue. On eCommerce Day, it is worth noting that South Africa was arguably too slow in initially adopting e-commerce, chiefly because it…
Mar 05, 2021 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS benefit extended for certain sectors

The Minister of Employment and Labour has published the regulations in respect of the extension of the TERS benefit for specific sectors. Employers operating in the industries listed in Annexure A of the Government Gazette may claim TERS benefits…
Mar 02, 2021 Covid-19

MasterDrive under level one

In a national address on Sunday night, president Cyril Ramaphosa moved the country to level one restrictions as infection rates continue to drop. This will see a shorter curfew, more lenient alcohol restrictions and larger gatherings will be…
Mar 01, 2021 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: amendment of regulations

Last night, the President downgraded the Covid-19 Alert Level to Level 1. The President has indicated that the following amended regulations remain applicable: all indoor and outdoor gatherings, including religious, political and cultural gatherings…
Feb 23, 2021 Covid-19

Vaccine isn’t your guarantee of safety

“No-one is safe until everyone is safe” – Professor Salim Abdool Karim, epidemiologist, and chair of the government’s coronavirus advisory panel. In a recent interview with the BBC Prof Karim was quoted as saying, “There’s a mistaken belief by some…
Feb 09, 2021 Covid-19

Unemployed with debt - It’s not the end for you

As a consumer who has just lost your job or have had your salary reduced, it has become difficult to distinguish which of your priorities may be at the top of your list. You are in survival mode and would be inclined to ensure that your basic needs,…
Feb 03, 2021 Covid-19

Covid-19: amendment of regulations

On 1 February 2021, the President amended the Alert Level 3 lockdown regulations. The President has indicated that the newly amended regulations will be as follows: all indoor and outdoor faith-based gatherings are permitted but limited to 50 people…
Jan 25, 2021 Covid-19

MasterDrive trainers are COVID-19 free!

As the year began with South Africa reaching its peak of COVID-19 infections during the second wave, MasterDrive took proactive steps to ensure that both clients and employees are protected from the virus. One of these steps was to test all the…
Jan 13, 2021 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: TERS dispute resolution

There are still many employers whose historic Covid-19 TERS claims have not been finalised. These employers have often encountered extreme difficulties in resolving these issues with the UIF, which was unable to deal with the magnitude of disputes…
Jan 12, 2021 Covid-19

Covid-19: amendment of regulations

The President, last night, discussed the Alert Level 3 lockdown regulations, as announced on 28 December 2020. The President indicated that the regulations, as announced on 28 December 2020, with only an amendment to the curfew, will remain.…
Jan 12, 2021 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: TERS benefits extension withdrawn

In a previous communique, we indicated that the Minister of Employment and Labour had published a government gazette, on 7 September 2020, indicating that the TERS benefits will be available until the end of the national disaster or until withdrawn…
Jan 08, 2021 Covid-19

2020 : A year in review - The Auto and Property Industry

Covid-19 proved to be the kind of global disruption some have been warning could happen. It affected the global economy, the way people work and put tens of millions out of work. It changed the way societies have engaged with themselves, and with…
Dec 30, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 permit to travel after curfew

The President, last night, announced an extension of the curfew during which the movement of people is prohibited unless such person is travelling for a medical- or security emergency, or for work activities not prohibited in terms of table 2 of the…
Dec 29, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: amended regulations announced

Last night, the President announced new amendments to the Covid-19 Alert Level 1 lockdown regulations, by increasing the Alert Level to an amended Alert Level 3. The regulations take effect as of midnight on 28 December 2020. The amended regulations…
Dec 28, 2020 Covid-19

Lockdowns Do Not Control the Coronavirus: The Evidence

The use of universal lockdowns in the event of the appearance of a new pathogen has no precedent. It has been a science experiment in real time, with most of the human population used as lab rats. The costs are legion. The question is whether…
Dec 23, 2020 Covid-19

“We are prepared for the future and the future is now”

The times we are living in are plenty of uncertainty and change in the individual day-by-day aspect of life and, undoubtedly, in the economic and business sense as well. All of it comes as a result of COVID-19’s impact in our lives. The automotive…
Dec 20, 2020 Covid-19

Government indiscretions in the time of Covid

by Gerhard Papenfus Dear employer The latest Covid-19 restrictions have a severe impact on certain businesses situated in the affected areas. These decisions are made by bureaucrats and politicians who do not forfeit a single benefit through the…
Dec 15, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: amended regulations

Last night, the President announced new regulations pertaining to the Alert Level 1 lockdown. As of midnight, on 14 December 2020, the following additional regulations will be applicable: the Garden Route and Sarah Baartman municipalities have been…
Dec 08, 2020 Covid-19

Finfind Covid-19 survey results announced

How did the SMME sector cope during lockdown? Leading access to finance provider, Finfind, has released the results of its 2020 SA SMME COVID-19 Impact Report. The survey reveals comprehensive findings on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on…
Dec 01, 2020 Covid-19

Lockdown saves commuters travel time

Commuters travelling from Pretoria to Johannesburg and back again in August spent 10 hours a month less on the road when compared to February as traffic volumes dropped by 33%, from 1.94m trips in February to 1.29m in August on the N1 South and from…
Nov 30, 2020 Covid-19

Got a minute? MasterDrive wants to listen

Tell us about changes to your business after COVID-19 As many businesses needed to close for a portion of the year due to COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown, December is going to be different to other years for certain organisations. Many…
Nov 27, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: TERS applications for October open

Please note that the Department of Employment and Labour has issued a circular indicating that applications for TERS benefits for the period of 16 September to 15 October 2020 is open as of 23 November 2020. Applications for this period will close…
Nov 05, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS Benefits allegedly suspended

We have previously communicated that the TERS benefits, for selected categories of employees, has been extended to 15 November, in line with the extension of the National State of Disaster. This communication was based on a gazette published on 7…
Oct 27, 2020 Covid-19

Free Covid-19 training for safe workplaces

As companies return to work, the threat of Covid-19 has not lessened and OH&S precautions are still essential to avoid resurgence of infections. IAcademy, the online division of Infinity Academy and Unischool, is offering a free online course that…
Oct 27, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS payment survey

NEASA has, since the introduction of the TERS payments scheme, continuously conducted a survey among employers to determine the percentage of claims paid by TERS. However, over time, the number of unpaid claims for the periods of April and May have…
Oct 26, 2020 Covid-19

NBCRFLI temporary measures withdrawn

Dear Road Freight employer As previously communicated, the NBCRFLI issued a circular informing the industry that it had implemented certain measures in an attempt to alleviate the impact of the national lockdown. Due to a significant number of…
Oct 23, 2020 Covid-19

South African shoppers show the market what they want

Consumer spending has swung from total predictability to subtle shifts in product and store selection throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and understanding the whys and wherefores behind these choices is valuable to shops, brands, and even the…
Oct 16, 2020 Covid-19

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…
Sep 30, 2020 Covid-19

John Moffat Prolock awarded hospitals tender

Johannesburg-based John Moffat Prolock (JMP) has been awarded a contract to supply government hospitals in Gauteng with its locally manufactured face shields. Jerome Govender, JMP Executive Director, said the company was facing decreased off-take…
Sep 21, 2020 Covid-19

Road transport into a future clouded by the coronavirus

Broadening its product range and striving to be first out of the blocks to take advantage of business opportunities are among positive developments which have occurred at South African truck and trailer body building company Serco in the wake of the…
Sep 17, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: alert level 1

Last night, the President announced that the Covid-19 alert level will be downgraded to Alert Level 1, as of midnight on 21 September 2020. Although the new regulations have not been published yet, the following amendments will be implemented: the…
Sep 17, 2020 Covid-19

ESA Covid-19 situation report August 2020

This update – the fourth of its kind – contains an overview of the flow of goods for 24 respective countries that form the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region. This update is for August of 2020. The outbreak of COVID-19 continues to impact on…
Sep 17, 2020 Covid-19

Indoor events still possible despite Covid-19

The Berlin Motorwerk (motor plant) introduces improved ventilation design: aerosol risk reduced using biomimetic fans CEO Dr. Michael Gordon promises a reduced risk of coronavirus infection at events. His company runs the renowned Berlin event…
Sep 16, 2020 Covid-19

Rethinking Your Healthcare options for 2021

The toll of a pandemic on healthcare costs and provisioning Adapting to a new way of enabling and delivering quality healthcare for members during an ongoing pandemic will be key in the approach of medical schemes in 2021. According to Jacqui Nel,…
Sep 10, 2020 Covid-19

How has Covid-19 affected small businesses in SA?

Final call for SMEs to participate in national survey and stand a chance to win cash for their business Finfind - South Africa’s leading online access to finance solution for SMMEs, has partnered with Government, big business and other key national…
Sep 03, 2020 Covid-19

Grey Matters – Putting the Grey Entrepreneur First

Middle-aged professionals and entrepreneurs have consistently shown to form the economic engine of our country. Their capacity to drive economic growth by creating employment opportunities, generating consistent tax revenue, and being substantial…
Aug 31, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: TERS funding payments reactivated

We previously indicated that the Department of Employment and Labour has suspended all TERS payments in order to investigate some irregularities in respect of past payments made. We have been informed, by reliable sources, that processing and…
Aug 28, 2020 Covid-19

Advice from SMEs to SMEs affected by the pandemic

A new survey by the South African SME Finance Association (SASFA) shows that despite the help offered by government and the private sector, only a fraction of businesses had any support. Only 47% of business owners applied for relief from government…
Aug 26, 2020 Covid-19

Innovative Sanitizer Applicator creates much needed jobs

The move to produce a handsfree sanitizer applicator at the early stages of the lockdown has proven to an excellent one for engineering entrepreneur Vusi Mkhize. In April, this year the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) playeda pivotal…
Aug 26, 2020 Covid-19

Survey results - Ask Afrika Covid-19 - Week 19 Tracker

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: It is interesting to look back over 19 weeks of Lockdown tracking- for me, the Lockdown was far longer than I initially anticipated. Week 19 was the last week of the worst bit- levels 1 to 3. I am hopeful, that Level 2 will bring…
Aug 25, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: TERS payments suspended

The Department of Employment and Labour has suspended all TERS payments that are currently outstanding. The Department has identified a number of anomalies in respect of past payments made to persons who are, among others, deceased, imprisoned or…
Aug 25, 2020 Covid-19

Engen brings food relief to Klerksdorp community

As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen has partnered with the Gift of the Givers to provide food relief and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the community neighbouring the Engen Depot in Klerksdorp.…
Aug 21, 2020 Covid-19

The rise of the ‘covid-preneur’

Starting a business during a global pandemic The Covid-19 Pandemic has evidently had an impact on the world-wide economy and has certainly contributed to South Africa’s economic downturn. Job security and income stability have become the talk of the…
Aug 20, 2020 Covid-19

Metair interim performance hampered by Covid-19

OPTIMISTIC SECOND HALF OUTLOOK WITH FOCUS ON MAINTAINING ROBUST FINANCIAL POSITION Revenue declined 27% to R3.9 billion on lower volumes Focused cost containment limited operating loss to R18 million EBITDA down to R139 million and headline loss per…
Aug 20, 2020 Covid-19

Crisis Recovery: Supply Chain Management & Development

Our Working Group Sessions continue next week in partnership with the SAABC with a focus on effective supply chain management in a phase of COVID-19 crisis recovery. COVID-19 has fundamentally impacted supply chain management and development…
Aug 19, 2020 Covid-19

Have you broken a lockdown law?

Magistrates across the country are releasing updated admission of guilt penalties. Of particular importance for motorists, is the failure to ensure your passengers wear a face mask while in a vehicle. Motorists can be fined as much as R3 500 for…
Aug 19, 2020 Covid-19

NEASA: business for ending lockdown campaign

The current State of Disaster and lockdown is placing unconstitutional limitations on the rights of the population, causing a humanitarian crisis by virtue of limitations on the right to conduct business and earn a living. On 12 August 2020 a number…
Aug 18, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: alert level 2

Alert Level 2 in effect means that all economic activity may resume in all sectors, subject to the required Occupational Health and Safety and social distancing measures. The following restrictions on movement and economic activity however remains:…
Aug 17, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS applications for July/August to open

The applications for TERS benefits for the period of 1 July 2020 to 15 August 2020 will open on Monday, 17 August 2020. Although it seems that the same application system will be used for this period, the categories of employees who qualify for…
Aug 17, 2020 Covid-19

EmpoweringSA: State of disaster now a disaster of a state

The talking has been done: it is time for strong, effective action from our government by Genevieve Quintal - Published by Business Day on 13 August 2020 As the Covid-19 lockdown destroys the SA economy, everyone is looking to the state, which had…
Aug 14, 2020 Covid-19

TORSUS: protecting passengers from covid-19

TORSUS PRAETORIAN bus newly modified to maintain social distancing for passengers Available to be retrofitted to all PRAETORIAN buses worldwide Modular interior allows for cabin to be returned to pre-COVID-19 seating configurationwithout damage to…
Aug 10, 2020 Covid-19

Be safe when sanitising

82% non-compliance Burt Rodrigues CEO of Biodx and dermatologist, Dr Selwyn Schwartz, gives their insight into hand sanitisers “The latest research carried out by accredited laboratory SciCorp in KwaZulu-Natal has shown that out of 11 hand…
Aug 07, 2020 Covid-19

Transforming your small business into a smart business

Businesses that survive the COVID-19 pandemic should - now more than ever - strive to be a digital-first business, equipped with technology that can bolster collaboration, information sharing and customer engagement. The pandemic has highlighted the…
Jul 31, 2020 Covid-19

A Covid-19 survival guide for small businesses

The impact of COVID-19 has been devastating for businesses of every kind, around the world. In addition to being a global health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed extensive socio-economic impacts, putting many companies at risk of being…
Jul 30, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 Lockdown: hunting regulations amended

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has issued amended directives in respect of permitted hunting activities. In terms of the new directives, hunting within a province is permitted with the proviso that the main purpose of such…
Jul 29, 2020 Covid-19

When going concern became a growing concern

In March 2020, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day ‘hard’ lockdown, later to be known as a level 5 lockdown. It certainly caused flutter in the financial markets, forcing almost the entire economy to cease operations and people to be…
Jul 28, 2020 Covid-19

Be well-prepared if you have to face the CCMA!

With the prevailing pandemic many businesses have taken drastic decisions which they may need to defend in the CCMA. Nor being able to do so effectively can have costly consequences with re-instatement orders and/or 12 months compensation. In this…
Jul 28, 2020 Covid-19

MEIBC: no increases for plastic industry

Dear Plastic Industry employer The parties to the Plastic Industry collective agreement have agreed that, in light of the current economic situation, a blanket exemption will be granted in respect of wage increases as prescribed by the collective…
Jul 23, 2020 Covid-19

Holts launches liquid hand sanitizer

Holts South Africa has launched a specially formulated liquid hand sanitizer proven to be effective against viruses, microbes and other pathogens. It acts immediately upon contact with your skin to kill germs and keep you safe from infection. Holts…
Jul 23, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: TERS-funding: benefit extended

Dear employer The Department of Employment and Labour has announced that the COVID-19 TERS benefit, which was due to expire at the end of June 2020, will be extended to 15 August 2020. Therefore employers will still be able to claim for the month of…
Jul 22, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: liquor groups fight ban

by Nick Wilson and Jane Steinacker Published by Business Live on 19 July 2020 Legal action on the cards as industry faces crisis and complains it was not consulted. Distell, the world's second-largest cider producer, plans to exhaust every possible…
Jul 22, 2020 Covid-19

Franchising looks to the future – post Covid-19

Franchising has at its heart the spirit of entrepreneurship but amidst the Covid-19 pandemic that has resulted in immeasurable destruction of small businesses, the question remains whether the entrepreneurial flame can be re-ignited for future…
Jul 22, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: reduction of isolation period

The Minister of Health has announced that the isolation period for persons who have tested positive for Covid-19 has been reduced from 14 to 10 days. This means that the sick leave burden on employers, in respect of employees who have tested…
Jul 21, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: NBCRFLI leave advancement - update

Dear Road Freight employer In our previous communique, we indicated that the NBCRFLI established various temporary relief measures to mitigate the negative impact of the national lockdown regulations and COVID-19. One of these temporary relief…
Jul 21, 2020 Covid-19

Coping with retrenchment

21st Century’s HR expert, Antoinette Crafford shares insight on one of the COVID era’s most unfortunate side effects “As the effects of COVID-19 are felt across all corners of the South African economy, retrenchments are rife in industries across…
Jul 17, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 impact on employee benefits and mental wellbeing

As South Africa braces itself to reach the peak in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, Government statistics have shown that the country could reach 400,000 infections by mid-July. While lockdown conditions may have been eased to level 3 for…
Jul 16, 2020 Covid-19

TERS-funding applications - bank account confirmation

... navigating through the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN scandal ... Dear employer We previously communicated that, due to security concerns, the TERS online portal now requires employers to confirm their banking details by virtue of their CIPC registration…
Jul 15, 2020 Covid-19

RMI aligns with COBRA to Boost Business Rescue Assistance

By now, many companies have felt the economic brunt of the pandemic and are actively seeking some form of light at the end of the tunnel. One such initiative that offers pro bono business rescue services is COBRA – COvid Business Rescue Assistance.…
Jul 14, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: alert level 3 - regulations amended

The President, on 12 July 2020, announced amendments to the current Alert level 3 lockdown regulations. Although there are not many new amendments, some are significant. The most significant amendments for employers, relate to the provision and…
Jul 09, 2020 Covid-19

Have we lost the 2020 academic year?

By Mariette Croukamp, Bernice Joubert Despite escalating numbers of Covid-19 cases, schools arereturning grades back to the classroom based on a staggered approach. The turmoil in the South African education system in the past few weeks stirred a…
Jul 07, 2020 Covid-19

Halfway Toyota cares – Sya’nakekela

Everything globally and locally is indeed different, from our way of socialising, communicating, all the way to how we conduct business. Above these changes, what has come to the forefront of a transformed South Africa in the time of a pandemic is…
Jul 07, 2020 Covid-19

Does COVID-19 have your business in financial distress?

South Africa’s already struggling economy has been battered further by the COVID-19 pandemic, which will see many companies plunge into financial distress. Companies with a financial year ending in June have begun to announce their earnings and, so…
Jul 06, 2020 Covid-19

How to Boost Morale in Times of Uncertainty

The only certainty in life is that there will be uncertainty - having a clear plan on how to keep employees engaged and connected can help mitigate these times. Most businesses are no strangers to challenges. However, the current global crisis has…
Jul 02, 2020 Covid-19

Draconian lockdown forces hard choices

The negative effects of South Africa's hard lockdown continue to reverberate through the economy and broader society. The latest flashpoint has been in the taxi industry, specifically in Gauteng, where the South African National Taxi Council…
Jul 01, 2020 Covid-19

Bigger is not always better

Bigger brands seeking out smaller agencies that have the agility to keep up The COVID-19 era has brought immense change to the world. We are living in unsettling times and operating in unchartered territories. Whether it is how individuals behave or…
Jul 01, 2020 Covid-19

Reskilling: the new approach to global skills crisis

If the World Economic Forum (WEF) is to be believed, then business across the globe could be facing a reskilling emergency. According to them by 2022, 42% of core skills required to perform existing jobs are going to change. Technology skills, for…
Jun 26, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: SDL payment holiday confirmed

Dear employer We previously indicated that there were differing messages coming from Government departments in respect of whether the SDL payment break was in fact a payment holiday or only a deferment of payment. It seems that the matter has now…
Jun 25, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 could trigger gambling addictions, says, expert

With the re-opening of casinos imminent and online gambling booming, the risk of cash strapped people turning to gamble for a rapid solution to their money woes is significant. Samukelisiwe Mthembu, Clinical Psychologist at Riverview Manor, a…
Jun 25, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding/UIF: security breaches detected

Dear employer NEASA informed members earlier today that TERS applications for June had opened last night. It has however been brought to our attention that the system has developed a number of serious security issues whereby applicants may be able…
Jun 24, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding/UIF: June applications open

Dear employer As per our previous communique indicating that TERS claims for June will be opening this week, we can confirm that the system has indeed opened last night. Employers can access the online portal to submit claims for June. We will keep…
Jun 24, 2020 Covid-19

Harnessing talent post-Covid-19

21st Century surveys talent implications after lockdown With the nation remaining in state of flux due to lockdown measures,21st Century’s ongoing survey series continues to examine South African businesses and the action they are taking to mitigate…
Jun 22, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding survey 22 June 2020

... navigating through the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN scandal ... 18% of employers still haven’t received their April UIF/TERS monies. Of the 82% of employers who received payment, only 57% were paid in full. 62% of employers still haven’t received their May…
Jun 19, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown - alert level 3 amended

Dear employer This week, the President announced that lockdown Alert Level 3 will be amended to allow additional business sectors to open. These business sectors include the following: restaurants for sit down meals accredited and licensed…
Jun 19, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Confusion reigns over SDL payment holiday

... navigating through the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN scandal ... Dear employer The Minister of Finance, as well as the President, previously announced that employers will receive a payment holiday from paying Skills Development Levies (SDL) as from 1 May…
Jun 18, 2020 Covid-19

Bank loan scheme survey

... navigating through the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN scandal ... Dear employer NEASA received unconfirmed reports that, of the R200 billion that was made available for a loan guarantee scheme to support businesses in financial difficulty due to Covid-19,…
Jun 15, 2020 Covid-19

TERS-funding survey 15 June 2020

... navigating through the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN scandal ... 19% of employers still haven’t received their April UIF/TERS monies. Of the 81% of employers who received payment, only 54% were paid in full. 76% of employers still haven’t received their May…
Jun 15, 2020 Covid-19

Tips for ensuring your car remains COVID-19-free

More South Africans are climbing back into their cars to return to work as the lockdown restrictions are steadily lifted. With a new normal setting in, many car owners who put off service or repairs in the last two months will now start slowly…
Jun 15, 2020 Covid-19

What the COVID-19 pandemic has taught small businesses

While 75% of small businesses wait for back to business at Level 1 of the COVID-19 pandemic, at this time we need to bank the learnings and continue with the rebuilding process. The Pandemic may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime event, the reality is…
Jun 12, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 impact on Bakwena N1N4 upgrades

Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Pty) Ltd (Bakwena) confirms that construction along the N1N4 route has resumed after experiencing a delay of 6 weeks due to the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown. Stringent measures were put in place by the…
Jun 11, 2020 Covid-19

The impact of COVID-19 on audit considerations

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a worldwide health and humanitarian crisis. Not only has the pandemic impacted all facets of life, it also has a significant impact on financial reporting and the manner in which audits are performed. With the…
Jun 11, 2020 Covid-19

Demand for cars under R200 000 accelerates

Although drivers have seen five welcome decreases in the petrol price this year, the continued lockdown is taking its toll on stretched household budgets as many South Africans are forced to stay home or work reduced hours for reduced pay. In this…
Jun 10, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: NBCRFLI temporary measures extended - update

... navigating through the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN scandal ... Dear Road Freight employer At the end of Level 5 of the national lockdown, the NBCRFLI extended certain measures, including short time provisions across all chambers, in an attempt to…
Jun 10, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: refusal to work by employee

... navigating through the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN scandal ... Dear employer The Department of Employment and Labour issued amended regulations in respect of OHS requirements and return to work polices that employers, who are permitted to operate under…
Jun 05, 2020 Covid-19

Not only surviving but thriving post COVID-19

Most businesses worldwide are small in size, with the Small Business Institute estimating that approximately 98% of all registered businesses in South Africa are Small-, Medium- and Micro-Entities (SMMEs) as per an article in Fin24 (18 November…
Jun 04, 2020 Covid-19

Regulations declared invalid

Dear employer On June 2 2020, the High Court of South Africa declared the regulations issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act, for Alert levels 3 and 4, to be invalid. The Court found that, although the regulations are not illegal, a large…
Jun 03, 2020 Covid-19

Toyota sales weathering the Covid-19 storm

1.1 million Toyota parts supplied to local dealers in May 163 000 Toyota parts exported to other regions in Africa 1 848 new Toyota vehicles sold in South Africa 1 418 pre-owned Toyota vehicles sold in SA Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is pleased…
Jun 03, 2020 Covid-19

Level 3 Reopening of Customer Service Centres

As we enter Level 3 lockdown, we are committed to adhere to the strict measures put in place by the South African Government. During Level 3 of the lockdown, please take note that all our Customer Service Centres in the Shopping Malls and our…
Jun 02, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding/UIF: survey 1 June 2020

32% of employers still haven’t received their April UIF/TERS monies Of the 68% of employers who received payment, only 32% were paid in full. Henceforth this survey will apply for April and May. Please click here to participate in the SURVEY In…
Jun 02, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: MEIBC open

Dear Steel Industry employer Following the announcement that the Covid-19 lockdown will be downgraded to Alert Level 3, the MEIBC has issued a circular indicating that its dispute resolution processes and compliance activities are open as of 1 June…
Jun 01, 2020 Covid-19

So it's not about the 'virus', Mr President

by Gerhard Papenfus Dear Mr President What has started out as an (albeit misguided) big scare about a virus, has turned out to be your government’s opportunity for ‘radical economic transformation’ (RET), which, in plain language, means the…
Jun 01, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: level 3 lockdown regulations

Dear employer The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has promulgated the regulations applicable during the lockdown Alert Level 3. The application period of the regulations is from 1 June 2020 and will continue for the…
Jun 01, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: guidelines on vulnerable employees

Dear employer The Department of Health issued guidelines on how to deal with vulnerable employees in the workplace once employees return to work after the lockdown. These guidelines identify special measures, as contemplated in the Department of…
Jun 01, 2020 Covid-19

Insurance and Risk in a Post-Covid Economy

Certain insurance classes will take a hit while others will have time to recover, consumer behaviour will radically change the rules of engagement for insurers and brokers, and accelerate digital transformation Nothing will be the same in the world…
May 29, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding/UIF monies: May claims are open

Dear employer The Covid-19 UIF-TERS online portal has finally been opened to accept applications for May. Employers can submit applications with immediate effect. We fully expect the same kind of difficulties experienced with the April claims to…
May 29, 2020 Covid-19

COVID-19: A disaster like no other

Ctrack Freight and Transport index shows steepest decline yet! A world out of sync in a lockdown and goods stay at home too. Very few industries will escape being impacted negatively by the COVID-19 virus crisis and subsequent lockdowns around the…
May 29, 2020 Covid-19

Challenges under ‘alert level-3’

Dear employer Most businesses have suffered severe losses as a result of the current lockdown. Apart from the businesses in the hospitality and tourism industries who are still not allowed to open under ‘Alert Level 3’, there are many business that,…
May 29, 2020 Covid-19

Building towards a better South Africa

by Gerhard Papenfus Dear employer You would have noticed that, recently, I have been very critical towards government’s actions. I want you to know, that I much rather would have liked to have been in a position where I could express support for…
May 28, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding guideline

Dear employer The Department of Employment and Labour has issued a new guideline aimed at assisting employers who have submitted claims and are experiencing difficulties with finalisation of such claims. The guide addresses some of the most common…
May 28, 2020 Covid-19

COVID-19 lockdown is exacerbating SA's economic woes

The devastating effects of South Africa's draconian lockdown are playing out in front of our eyes. Implemented on 27 March 2020, the lockdown has piled on misery for an economy that was already taking its last breaths. The myriad nonsensical…
May 27, 2020 Covid-19

Restart Your Business with BV

Bureau Veritas is on hand to support business resumption with appropriatehealth and safety conditions across all sectors Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, has developed a suite of solutions to…
May 26, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 alert level 3

Dear employer The President has announced that the Covid-19 Lockdown will be downgraded to Alert Level 3 as of 1 June 2020. According to the President, all industries, with the exception of accommodation which may only perform limited services, will…
May 26, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Government cannot be trusted

by Gerhard Papenfus This government cannot be entrusted with anything. The ANC government entered the Covid-19 fiasco with an already tarnished reputation; and rightly so. Even those currently in power either benefitted from state capture, denied…
May 25, 2020 Covid-19

From which planet our lockdown tobacco law?

Police Minister Bheki Cele's latest law is that smokers must face East. No one can argue with his science-based logic. If smokers face the same way, they do not blow smoke at each other and non-smokers will know on which side to pass. The problem is…
May 25, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding: payments for May

Dear employer The Minister of Employment and Labour has stated in a media statement that TERS UIF claims for May will be accepted as of 22 May 2020. However, at the time of writing, the online portal was still not open for the submission of May…
May 25, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Global P(l)andemic?

by Gerhard Papenfus Is it not glaringly sinister that, on the issue Covid-19, the whole world is singing from the same hymnbook; almost literally reading from the same script. How is it possible that the global political elite have pondered over…
May 22, 2020 Covid-19

Update on Toyota’s locally-produced face shields

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has to date produced 23 000 face shields and donated thousands of these face shields to the KwaZulu-Natal health sector, Toyota dealers, suppliers as well Toyota staff across the country in its bid to mitigate the…
May 22, 2020 Covid-19

The lockdown is not prima facie lawful

Is the lockdown lawful? This increasingly important question, in both South Africa and abroad, can be addressed by the work of Lord Bingham who was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Shortly before his death, realising the phrase Rule of Law…
May 22, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: claims for workplace acquired corona virus

Dear employer The progressive relaxation of the Covid-19 lockdown will enable the return of many employees to the workplace. This will, inevitably, result in a spike in the number of Covid-19 infections and a number of these infections may well…
May 22, 2020 Covid-19

COVID-19 adds to M&A rationale in autos, says GlobalData

Following the news that Exor NV - Fiat-Chrysler's (FCA's) largest investor - has confirmed the timing for the proposed FCA-PSA merger for completion by early 2021 as initially announced; David Leggett, Automotive Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data…
May 22, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-Funding/UIF: survey 21 MAY 2020

42% of employers still haven’t received their April UIF/TERS monies Of the 58% of employers who received payment, only 37% received the correct amount. Please click here to participate in the SURVEY In order for the survey to be complete, both…
May 22, 2020 Covid-19

Lockdown travel savings for South Africans

Due to movement restrictions, most South African vehicles have had little use during lockdown and this has resulted in time and money savings for their owners. Tracker’s anonymised vehicle tracking data aggregated from the company’s installed…
May 22, 2020 Covid-19

21st Century surveys long and short-term incentives

Will incentive schemes be reinvented following COVID-19? 21st Century’s weekly snap survey series continues to deliver valuable insight into the responses from South African businesses to the COVID-19 crisis. The fifth and sixth surveys in the…
May 22, 2020 Covid-19

COVID-19: work from home - indemnity agreement

Dear employer The return to work regulations, as published by the Department of Employment and Labour, encourage employers, who are permitted to operate, to allow employees to work from home, where practically possible. However, there is a risk, in…
May 21, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding: final payment letter

Dear employer The Department of Employment and Labour has been circulating a letter to employers who have received TERS benefits on behalf of its employees as a declaration of what the total payments made to employees consisted of. The purpose of…
May 21, 2020 Covid-19

Healthy homes and facilities to reduce infection risk

With the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions moving to Level 4, many South Africans are inevitably going to be exposed to more risk of exposure and transfer. This is already apparent when looking at the increase in cases since 5 May 2020. It is…
May 21, 2020 Covid-19

HEALTH SQUARED helps COVID-19 Small Business Relief Centre

“During this national crisis our sole purpose is to support small businesses throughout the nation. The main thing to remember is small businesses are not alone, we're here to help guide them. If there is one thing we know about business owners and…
May 20, 2020 Covid-19

The Future of Work

As part of SAICA’s Leadership in a Time of Crisis webinar series, Willem van der Post, CA(SA) and CEO of xTech.Capital shared some thoughts on what the workplace of the future will look like, especially in a post-Coronavirus world. The new normal.…
May 19, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Open up this economy without any delay

... navigating through the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN scandal ... by Gerhard Papenfus Indications are that government, in the days and weeks ahead, will relax the lockdown to Alert Level 3. However, the slow ‘release’ of the economy will be executed by…
May 19, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: CCMA is open

Dear employer The CCMA has issued a directive confirming that all CCMA offices will be open to the public as of 18 May 2020. Although strict OHS measures will be imposed, face-to-face meetings will be conducted at the CCMA offices. Should a party…
May 18, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: business support: easing of the lockdown

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." Thomas Sowell ... navigating through the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN scandal ... Dear…
May 15, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 unpacked: invitation to free webinar

... navigating through the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN scandal ... WEBINAR - Business sustainability, innovation and tough decisions 20 MAY 2020 at 14:00 You are invited to join a FREE webinar by organised by NEASA in partnership with a leading national…
May 15, 2020 Covid-19

The increasing absurdity of Patel's red pen

"... despite our President's address I am still unsure what colour t-shirt I can buy to wear under a jumper ..." Latest clothing and motor dealer regulations are so illogical they’re laughable … by Hilton Tarrant - Published in Moneyweb Parts of the…
May 15, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Do you support the lockdown?

Dear employer After being completely inundated by, not only our member constituency, but by the business community as a whole, NEASA launched a survey to establish what the support levels are of the lockdown. The results are overwhelmingly…
May 15, 2020 Covid-19

BMW South Africa Joins Red Cross in fight against Covid-19

Loan of 17 BMWs will help South African Red Cross Society access marginalised communities in urgent need of help Majority of loan cars are Rosslyn-built BMW X3s Underlines BMW SA’s commitment to South Africa and its people BMW Group South Africa’s…
May 15, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: loan guarantee scheme: open

Dear employer The Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme announced by the President is officially open for applications as of 12 May 2020. This scheme is available to all businesses who are in distress as a result of Covid-19 and with an annual turnover of…
May 15, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding: updated guidelines provided

Dear employer There has been a host of difficulties experienced by employers with the submission and processing of TERS claims, not in a small measure attributable to ever changing requirements and processes. The Department of Employment and Labour…
May 14, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS claims: payments to be made in May

Dear employer The COVID-19 TERS benefit has allowed employers to claim benefits on behalf of their employees until the end of April. Although it has not been confirmed formally, it is likely that these benefits will also be available for the month…
May 14, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Thank You, Nurses

International Nurses’ Day - NEASA would like to extend a deep appreciation towards nurses across South Africa, those who continuously dedicate themselves to caring for the sick, especially during these trying and confusing times. It is your selfless…
May 14, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: monetary aid: governmental financial assistance

Dear employer A survey conducted among NEASA members and the NEASA network pertaining to Governmental assistance and aid, has indicated that 49% of participating employers have not applied for Covid-19 related governmental financial aid. The same…
May 14, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: return to work screening

Dear employer We previously provided employers with a return to work TOOLKIT in order to assist employers, who are permitted to operate under Alert Level 4, in complying with the OHS health and safety regulations as set out by Government. One of the…
May 14, 2020 Covid-19

Where to for the tyre industry?

It’s understandable if industry members are feeling anxious about how business will fare once lockdown has been lifted. “After all”, says Frederic, “Six weeks without trade has had an unavoidable impact on turnover, especially when there are still…
May 13, 2020 Covid-19

21st Century Surveys Post-COVID-19 Readiness

Are we equipped for the coming change? 21st Century’s weekly surveys continue to provide valuable insight into how South African businesses are reacting to the current COVID-19 situation and related issues. The fourth survey in the series examined…
May 13, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: business response survey

Dear employer The Covid-19 Lockdown has had a massive impact on the economy and the viability of business going forward. In order to determine the measures that employers have implemented or may have to implement to ensure survival, employers are…
May 13, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: monetary aid: governmental financial assistance

SURVEY - ARE THE MEASURES IN FACT ASSISTING? According to Minister Tito Mboweni, government’s fiscal and monetary interventions amount to R800 billion. The purpose of this survey (consisting of only 2 questions) is to determine to what extent the…
May 13, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: banks and UIF TERS funds

Dear employer NEASA recently conducted a survey among its members to determine what the issues are regarding the UIF TERS funds deposited into the accounts of employers/companies and then being utilised for other, non-designated purposes such as…
May 12, 2020 Covid-19

Effective management in IT

Information technology’s speed ofevolution offers vast opportunities for all. Managers within the IT environment face a particularly unique challenge; staying ahead of rapid advancement brought on by Industry 4.0. This has been further accelerated…
May 12, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: CCMA disputes during lockdown

Dear employer The CCMA has issued a directive indicating that the offices of the CCMA will nationally, as a general rule, not be opening for face-to-face meetings. The CCMA will, however, be conducting conciliations telephonically and arbitrations…
May 12, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding/UIF: daily survey (11/5)

11 MAY 2020 According to our survey: 11 days after payday, 49.9% of employers still haven’t received their UIF payments; and only 38.6% of those who received payment, agree, in general, with the amounts received. Dear fellow employer We wish to…
May 11, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Support for the lockdown dissipating

Dear fellow employer A survey conducted by NEASA during the course of the last 24 hours, revealed that only 18% of participants are currently supporting the lockdown. The initial support for the lockdown was overwhelming. Since then, however:…
May 11, 2020 Covid-19

Covid 19 lockdown: the genie is already out of the bottle

The panicked response to an unknown virus - although there is, as yet, only speculation, and abounding theories in respect of where the Coronavirus originated or who designed it and for what purpose, one thing is becoming very clear: the panicked…
May 08, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: South Africa lockdown survey

Dear employer There is an increasing pushback against the continued lockdown implemented by Government. The general undercurrent is changing from an initial support of the lockdown to a rejection thereof. In order to determine the level of support…
May 08, 2020 Covid-19

Smile 90.4FM's changes in light of COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced all businesses to do things a little bit differently, and that includes Smile 90.4FM. While still providing well-contextualized factual and useful content, they have adapted in more ways than one. Here’s a list of some of their…
May 08, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS - proposed course of action

Dear employer Despite the TERS online portal being updated continuously, many employers are still experiencing a number of difficulties with submissions of TERS claims. In order to assist, we hereby provide a proposed course of action to address…
May 08, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Public transport curfew

Dear employer We previously communicated that, as per the Alert Level 4 regulations, public transporters may operate between 5:00 and 20:00. This has now, inexplicably and apparently at a whim, been amended by the Minister of Transport to 5:00 and…
May 08, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown: UIF: it's not what they say it is

The daily surveys done by NEASA indicates that, 6 days after the end of April, 53% of employers still haven’t received their TERS monies from the UIF. Many employees affected by this do not have food on the table. This is not the impression one gets…
May 07, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Return to work - who has to be screened?

SCREENING DOES NOT REQUIRE TEMPERATURE TEST Dear employer We previously communicated that as part of the screening requirements of workers entering the workplace, a non-invasive temperature check has to be conducted by the employer. However, it has…
May 07, 2020 Covid-19

Pay Day surprises!

Month-end comes with so many emotions attached to it for all workers. The joy of knowing that you will get that much-anticipated notification from your bank that your salary has been paid is sometimes short-lived after you receive your pay-slip…
May 07, 2020 Covid-19

Only 6% of small businesses get relief funding

Findings extracted from the COVID-19 National Small Business Survey (Post Level-5 lockdown) released by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC), highlights the continued pain experienced by small businesses coming out of level-5 of the lockdown.…
May 07, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding/UIF: daily survey (6/5)

According to our survey: 6 days after payday, 53% of employers still haven’t received their UIF payments (this is, however, a significant improvement from yesterday's 65%); and only 48% of those who received payment, agree, in general, with the…
May 07, 2020 Covid-19

Robots in the time of Covid-19

The contagion of COVID-19 has swept through the lives of people across the globe, disrupted all industries and brought the world’s economy to a grinding halt. Some analysts predict the pandemic’s impact could be as devastating as the Great…
May 07, 2020 Covid-19

Power of changing drinking habits

For some, one of the more contentious regulations during lockdown has been the ban on alcohol sales. Following the extension of the lockdown, many South Africans were hoping that this ban would be relaxed but were disappointed on 16 April when this…
May 07, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Return to work - who has to be screened?

The Department of Employment and Labour has issued a large number of regulations that employers, who are permitted to operate during Alert Level 4 should adhere to, in order not to fall foul of its legal obligations. Among these is a requirement…
May 06, 2020 Covid-19

Car Dealership Lockdown - Level 4 Specific Directions

Car Dealership enquiries rise more than 150% as consumers anticipate their opening. Various industry bodies, including car dealership bodies, made representations for inclusion in “specific directions”. The submissions support a phased approach to…
May 06, 2020 Covid-19

Actuaries warn of acute human toll of lockdown

A continued lockdown is not only damaging the economy, it promises a 'humanitarian disaster to dwarf Covid-19’ by having a severe impact on the health and well-being of millions of South Africans. That is the gist of a detailed report sent to…
May 06, 2020 Covid-19

Impact of covid-19 on smme’s

Dear employer We are circulating this survey on behalf of an independent research institute with whom NEASA collaborates. The Covid-19 lockdown has had a significant impact on the sustainability of the SMME sector. Just over a week ago, the…
May 06, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: OHS compliance: harsh penalties await

Dear fellow employer The Covid-19 pandemic regulations have placed extensive and cumbersome obligations on employers who are permitted to resume operations under lockdown Alert Level 4. These regulations are accompanied by some draconian penalties…
May 06, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS deadline

Dear employer The Department of Employment and Labour has confirmed that there is currently no deadline for the submission of TERS claims for the period up to 30 April 2020. Although it is expected that claims will also be allowed for the period as…
May 06, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS: Electrical industry agreement extended

Dear Electrical Industry employer The Minister of Employment and Labour, on 4 April 2020, extended a TERS collective agreement to non-parties in the Industry. The agreement does not contain any special provisions apart from stating that TERS claims…
May 06, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: NBCRFLI TERS benefits update

Dear Road Freight employer As previously communicated, the NBCRFLI issued a circular informing the Industry that employers who wish to submit their TERS applications through the Bargaining Council may do so for the period 17 April 2020 to 30 April…
May 06, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Phased-in return to work

Dear employer The regulations issued by the Department of Employment and Labour requires employers that may operate under Alert Level 4 to have a phased-in approach to the return of employees. The regulations, however, do not prescribe the criteria…
May 06, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: How to deal with vulnerable employees

Dear employer There has been some confusion surrounding the return to work of employees who are considered to be high risk. These are employees with a history of comorbidities and/or employees over the age of 60. On careful reading of the…
May 06, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: BIZPORTAL registration

Dear employer The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has confirmed that employers who are allowed to operate under Alert Level 4 must acquire a certificate from the CIPC. This certificate can be obtained online via the BIZPORTAL site.…
May 06, 2020 Covid-19

The digital journey to operational excellence

In a two-speed world, businesses across the globe are often faced with one crippling dilemma: outgrowing legacy technology systems. Facing an outdated, ill-fitting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, local ship repair and marine engineering…
May 05, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: SA lockdown: a costly blunder

by a NEASA member We find ourselves in a boiling pot, bubbling with conspiracies and Ministers running around and shouting orders as if on a military parade. To worsen the already existing distrust, many of these conspiracies will turn out to be…
May 05, 2020 Covid-19

Superiate: where brands and compassion meet

Brad Stern talks about Superiate’s history of meaningful marketing and how this should be the new normal post COVID-19 Brad Stern, founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Superiate, found himself riding the wave of a successful 20-year marketing…
May 05, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 Lockdown: Is it about more than just the virus?

by Gerhard Papenfus It has never happened before, and it is not supposed to be happening now. In South Africa, since the outbreak of Covid-19, 131 people has died as a result of Covid-19 symptoms. That is 1 fatality out of every 452 000 people. Yet,…
May 05, 2020 Covid-19

How the COVID-19 pandemic is shaping investment strategies.

At SAICA’s Leadership in a time of crisis webinar series, Investec’s Chief Investment Strategist, Chris Holdsworth, shared insight on how the pandemic is shaping investment strategies. As if there isn’t enough to worry about during the Coronavirus…
May 05, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Banks and TERS funds

Dear employer We have received, on more than one occasion, complaints from members that their respective banks have, either under the classification of bank charges, or debiting of overdraft accounts, utilised the TERS funds received from the UIF.…
May 05, 2020 Covid-19

Letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa

by Gareth Cliff Published on his blog earlier Parts of the article have been highlited by NEASA's Media Department. Dear President Ramaphosa I’m going to keep this brief, because I know you’re dealing with a lot. We’ve all been ready to support you…
May 05, 2020 Covid-19

VWSA donates beds to NMB stadium's Covid-19 facility

150 bed bases handed over to government Beds to be used in isolation facility for Covid-19 low-acuity patients In support of the local and provincial government's efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Nelson Mandela Bay, Volkswagen Group South…
May 05, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown. Our response.

To the extent that we are able to, NEASA will continuously provide you with simplified information to comply with all government’s demands which you must adhere to before you can open your business again. We want you to know that we do not…
May 04, 2020 Covid-19

Financial reporting in the cloud in the wake of Covid-19

There is no denying that the world is currently in a state of economic uncertainty. Companies are bracing themselves for the economic backlash of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many have already felt the repercussions seeping through their crumbling company…
May 04, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Phased opening up of the economy

Following the painful official announcement by Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, regarding the phased opening of the economy, the NEASA COVID-19 team is doing its very best to supply you with the…
May 04, 2020 Covid-19

What good leaders do in a time of crisis

As part of SAICA’s Leadership in a time of crisis webinar series, CA(SA) and CFO of Discovery Health, Brett Tromp, shared his thoughts on what good leaders can do in a time of crisis. In good times, a leader’s role is straightforward: keep your…
May 04, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Level 4 lockdown regulations

Dear employer The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has promulgated the regulations applicable during the lockdown Alert Level 4. The application period of the regulations is for the duration of Alert Level 4, with the…
May 04, 2020 Covid-19

Nearly 2,000 Exhibitors Make Commitment to 2020 SEMA Show

Nearly 2,000 companies are demonstrating confidence about the specialty-equipment market's future by investing in the 2020 SEMA Show, and will participate in the Priority Space Selection beginning May 4. The space selection provides exhibitors with…
May 04, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 & TERS-funding. What about the other millions?

by Gerhard Papenfus According to a NEASA survey, 37% of employers who have applied to the UIF for assistance in order to pay their employees, or at least a portion of their salaries, have indeed received it. A large portion of employers who received…
May 04, 2020 Covid-19

COVID-19 and the security industry

What does COVID-19 mean for the security industry? How will it impact future regulations and standards? Hear from industry figures on how they believe the pandemic has impacted the security industry and whether the outbreak will have a long-lasting…
May 04, 2020 Covid-19

Achieving mental wellbeing during COVID-19

As part of SAICA’s Leadership in a time of crisis webinar series, Clinical Psychologist Navlika Ratangee spoke about how to achieve mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis. The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) understand…
May 04, 2020 Covid-19

Automotive Supplier provides solution for PPE shortages

A tenant of the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Rosslyn, PolyGen, is one of the companies providing solutions to the COVID0-19 Pandemic. PolyGen has joined the band of factories in the automotive sector that are modifying their production lines to…
Apr 30, 2020 Covid-19

Coronavirus causes logistics, supply chain nightmares

Reduction in total freight volumes for the year to March 2020 of -7,1% indicates the depth of the decline in the local goods economy. Despite not having many lockdown restrictions, the firstquarter drop in volumes was still the steepest experienced…
Apr 29, 2020 Covid-19

Another victim of COVID-19: The Audit

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, so much so that plunges in global stock markets are making history in terms of the low levels being hit, as well as the speed at which the collapses are occurring. For the first time in history, the US oil…
Apr 29, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: How can this be justified?

- a true story - by Gerhard Papenfus Yesterday, a very high ranking government official requested me to explain my position as articulated in my statement “Let ‘them’ go without pay” on 25 April 2020 (click here to view). My response was that I was…
Apr 29, 2020 Covid-19

More Isuzu Bakkies Deployed in the Fight Against COVID-19

Isuzu Motors South Africa has made more bakkies available to assist in containing the spread of COVID-19 infections in the country. The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria has accepted delivery of 15 Isuzu D-MAX bakkies which…
Apr 29, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding daily survey

(There are only 2 days left till the end of the month, and, according to our survey, 67% of employers still haven’t received their UIF payments) Dear fellow employer BOTH: employers that have applied for TERS funding, and received payment; as well…
Apr 29, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding online portal update

Dear employer The TERS online application portal is constantly being updated. Employers who have already submitted their claim are advised to login regularly in order to view any important communications and to keep abreast with the status of their…
Apr 29, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: MEIBC request for creditors letter

Dear Steel Industry employers The Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council has issued a circular requesting employers to issue employees, who cannot pay their creditors, with a COVID-19 lay-off letter confirming that the employee is not…
Apr 29, 2020 Covid-19

Toyota donates face shields to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) announces that it is donating 900 face shields to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in Umlazi, Durban, with an additional 2 300 units to be delivered in the next few weeks. The initiative is in line with Toyota Motor…
Apr 28, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding daily survey

(There are only 3 days left till the end of the month, and 68% of employers still haven’t received their UIF payments) Dear employer In order to determine progress regarding the payment of TERS claims, we request that both: employers that have…
Apr 28, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding claims for foreign nationals

Dear employer We are aware that all TERS claims for foreign nationals have been rejected by the online portal. This was as a result of a challenge experienced with the verification of passport numbers by the online system. The instruction received…
Apr 28, 2020 Covid-19

The Global Pandemic and Active Lifestyles: Part II

Seismic shifts in human activity are happening around the world. During this pandemic crisis, we at Garmin consider it our duty to continue bringing this information to the public. Two weeks ago, we published early activity tracking trends in the…
Apr 28, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS-funding invalid id rejections

Dear employer The TERS system has rejected claims for some employees due to ID number errors. Employers are advised to check the ID numbers and resubmit for these affected individuals. It might be easier to simply add these employees on the online…
Apr 28, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 TERS-funding. Revised acceptance/rejection letter

Dear employer The UIF has revised the Acceptance/Rejection letter that the employer needs to sign and return to the UIF with proof of payment. The letters are similar, irrespective of the fact that they are named differently on the download options.…
Apr 28, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 lockdown - there will be a backlash

by Gerhard Papenfus It is starting to bubble on the surface, but the people are still patient. Instead of calming the mood, the envisaged relaxing of the lockdown has increased the discontent; and not suppressed or relieved it by any stretch of the…
Apr 27, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Let "them" go without pay ...

by Gerhard Papenfus This article and the proposal contained herein, must not in any way be construed as criticism aimed at the President’s handling of the current crisis. The lockdown-narrative was thrust on the world and by the time it reached…
Apr 27, 2020 Covid-19

UIF TERS Top-up confusion

By Juanita Steenekamp, SAICA Project Director: Tax With the payment of the first COVID-19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits, various misunderstandings have come to the forefront. Following the President’s announcement on 23…
Apr 27, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: level 4 lockdown. trade or go broke. act now!

INPUT REQUIRED Dear fellow employer Government has just issued a draft document in respect of the sectors of the economy that will be allowed to trade when the lockdown is reduced to Level 4 on 1 May 2020. This document (requiring your urgent input)…
Apr 27, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: Lockdown impact survey

Dear employer The COVID-19 lockdown will, without a doubt, have a devastating effect on business and employment alike. In order to assess the potential impact of the conditions of employment on their employees, employers are requested to participate…
Apr 27, 2020 Covid-19

Announcement: Motorhomes and 4x4s for essential services

We are offering special rates on our self-contained Motorhomes and 4x4s to companies and government organisations to help flatten the COVID-19 curve. We are part of THRSA and our sister company is Thrifty Car Rental. Our vehicles can connect people…
Apr 27, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS application update

Dear employer There are still many anomalies surrounding the TERS claims process. Although there are no clear answers on some of the issues, some guidance has been received in respect of the following: employers who have applied online but who have…
Apr 27, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: lockdown reduced to level 4

Dear fellow employer The President announced that the national lockdown will be reduced to level 4 from 1 May 2020. In an attempt to establish to what extent the 'phased approach to reopen the economy' introduced by the President are practically…
Apr 27, 2020 Covid-19

The economic impact of COVID-19

SAICA hosted a webinar on 6 April 2020 where Chief Economist for Investec Bank Limited South Africa, Annabel Bishop, spoke about the effects of Sub-investment grade Status and the Coronavirus on our country’s already struggling economy. The South…
Apr 27, 2020 Covid-19

COVID-19 puts brakes on driverless cars, says GlobalData

In recent years, the automotive industry has been addressing the megatrends set to transform long-term urban mobility and the industry, but the current crisis is now re-setting priorities, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Calum…
Apr 24, 2020 Covid-19

Turning crisis into opportunity

During lockdown, you may not be able to work in your business, but investor and entrepreneur, York Zucchi, shares expert tips on how you can work on your business If there’s anyone who knows how tough running your own business is, it’s entrepreneur…
Apr 24, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS application assistance

Dear employer We have received numerous queries from employers who are experiencing difficulties with the TERS application process. The application requirements are quite technical and can be daunting for employers who are not used to the prescribed…
Apr 24, 2020 Covid-19

How To Make Your Workspaces Safe After Lockdown?

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown has had an unprecedented impact on how businesses operate. Negatives aside, this pandemic is an opportunity to push workspaces into the future with new health technologies. According to Raghmah…
Apr 24, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19 “aid” - but what’s the endgame?

OPINION PIECE: by Gerhard Papenfus The President’s R500 billion COVID-19 aid measures remind me of a family who, as a last (albeit somewhat irresponsible) resort, max out their credit card facilities. Yes, the poor need to be fed, and that has to…
Apr 23, 2020 Covid-19

Covid-19: TERS applications updated toolkit

Dear employer We previously provided a toolkit which employers can utilise as a guide when they apply for TERS funding from the UIF. Due to a number of amendments to the process, it was necessary to update the toolkit. Please note that the e-mail…