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PAYING STAFF DURING THE LOCKDOWN

On the whole, this issue will arise only at the end of April 2020, except for weekly paid employees and those whose pay date falls in the middle of April. Most monthly paid employees would have been paid for March, unless the business was already suffering and earned no or little revenue during the preceding…

NATIONAL DISASTER BENEFIT

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has added an additional benefit for employers and employees, arising from the coronavirus pandemic and national lockdown. The popular conception is that a single payment of R3 500,00 per employee per month will be made. On careful reading of the guidelines and regulations, this appears to be an oversimplified understanding…

REGULATION UPDATE: COVID-19 AND LOCKDOWN

Introduction Since the commencement of the 21-day lockdown period imposed on South Africans on 24 March 2020, several amendments have been made to the regulations catering for the conditions of the lockdown. Herewith a break-down of the relevant amendments: Prohibition of Movement 2.1 General: Every person is confined to their place of residence unless strictly…

COVID-19 AND CONTRACTS – BOUND OR NOT BOUND?

A question on the minds of most currently is to what extent parties to a contract can be held liable to perform their obligations in the face of COVID-19 and the restrictions which come with it. The first case of COVID-19 in South Africa was reported on 5 March 2020. On 23 March 2020, President…

COVID-19 SOUTH AFRICAN LOCKDOWN: SUMMARY OF REGULATIONS

As the impending 21-day lockdown approaches, new regulations were published on 25 March 2020 in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act No. 57 of 2002 (“the Act”), to supplement the existing regulations published on 18 March 2020 in terms of the same Act and to cater specifically for the conditions of lockdown…

WORKPLACE MEASURES TO DEAL WITH CORONAVIRUS

GENERAL REMARKS On 15 March 2020, the South African government declared a national state of disaster and implemented various measures designed to contain and minimise the spread of the virus. None of these measures directly affect the workplace, as there is an obvious necessity to keep the economy going as far as possible, but the…

EXPATRIATE TAX – WILL IT AFFECT ME?

Many South African expatriates, i.e. South Africans living and working abroad, or planning to will presumably be anxious to know whether the “expatriate tax” which refers to the amended section 10(1)(o) of the Income Tax Act, will apply to them when it comes into effect from 1 March 2020 and in respect of years of…

END OF THE FREE RIDE FOR DEFAULTING TENANTS

INTRODUCTION Good news for landlords who are struggling with non-paying tenants: our courts have recently held that, under certain circumstances, landlords may lawfully disconnect utilities supplied by landlords to non-paying tenants without first needing to obtain a court order authorising the landlord to do so. In the past, our courts have held that landlords may…