Essential Infrastructure Services

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Given the sharp spread of the virus in certain locations, we need to rapidly move to a lockdown of all non-essential and critical business continuity services.

Essential and critical business continuity services will need to remain open to support the health sector and to keep our people healthy, safe, and secure under these extraordinary conditions. We provide the following guidelines as to what businesses need to remain open. We ask all businesses and people to take this seriously and to help us respond as effectively as possible to contain and minimise the impact of Covid19.

During the course of the lockdown, the following services will need to be maintained:

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Coronavirus implications for business: Corporate Governance

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Part 1 of a legal analysis of the COVID-19 outbreak. In this article we look at ways in which companies and their directors and employees can still meet their obligations in terms of the Companies Act and the King IV Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa, and minimise disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Health Organisation has declared Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a global pandemic. The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has, in terms of the Disaster Management Act of 2002, and acting on the advice of the National Disaster Management Centre, declared COVID-19 outbreak a national state of disaster. This will enable government to create an integrated and coordinated disaster management mechanism that will focus on preventing and limiting the spread of the virus.

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Disaster Management Act Regulations to curb Coronavirus Covid-19

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The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has, in terms of section 3 of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002), and after consulting the responsible Cabinet members, made the and gazetted regulations to deal with the spread of Regulations in the Schedule.

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs issues Disaster Management Act Regulations to curb Corona virus Covid-19

Disaster Management Act, 2002:
Regulations issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002

The regulations are in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 virus. Government must, for the duration of the declared national state of disaster, within its available resources play an important role in the fight against the virus. The regulations are compiled and released in-terms of section 27(a & b).

a) Existing legislation and contingency arrangements do not adequately provide for the national executive to deal effectively with the disaster;
b) Other special circumstances warrant the declaration of a national state of disaster.

Section 27(2) indicates that if the national state of disaster has been declared, Minister may in consultations with the responsible cabinet member, make regulations or issue directions or authorise the issue of directions concerning the response to dealing with the virus, which includes, but not limited to the following:

a) Release of available resources of the national government.
b) Evacuations to temporary shelters
c) Emergency procurement procedures

See The gazetted regulations to deal with the spread of COVID-19 virus in level 3.  The Regulations will also be available on the CoGTA and government websites.

 


 

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