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Covid-19

ACSA has started implementing air travel restrictions at its airports 

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) announced on Friday that it had, in conjunction with the other appropriate authorities, implemented the air travel restrictions decreed by the government, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. These restrictions apply to air travellers from designated high... 

DTI effects regulations for healthcare sector, retailers in light of Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2020 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel, after consultation with the Competition Commission, and in terms of the Competition Act, has published regulations for Covid-19 exemption for the healthcare sector. The regulations will come into effect on the date of publication in the Government Gazette. 

Opinion: Working together to keep public transport Covid-19 free

20th March 2020 In less than a week South Africans have begun adapting to the declaration of a global pandemic, a national state of disaster and the immediate and widespread disruption to our daily lives. The World Health Organisation’s declaration on 13 March 2020 that the global Covid-19 outbreak constituted a... 

Opinion: Working together to keep public transport Covid-19 free

Stats SA announces immediate suspension of fieldwork

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2020 In light of the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has suspended all fieldwork activities until March 31. The committee will continue to look at the prevailing environment to inform its decisions. 

SA labour department uses UIF to help companies hit by Covid-19 

By: African News Agency      20th March 2020 The department of labour will soon formally publish special regulations offering Unemployment Insurance Fund relief to companies that find themselves in distress due to the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa, a senior official has said. In cases where a company is forced to shut down for a limited... 

SA labour department uses UIF to help companies hit by Covid-19
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Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

ITU launches new emergency communications guidelines

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2020 The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched new guidelines for the development and implementation of National Emergency Telecommunication Plans to effectively enable countries’ disaster response activities to the global Covid-19 pandemic. The guidelines will assist national... 

ITU launches new emergency communications guidelines

SAA suspends all international flights until end of May

By: News24Wire      20th March 2020 Troubled state-owned airline South African Airways has announced that it is immediately suspending all international operations until 31 May 2020 in light of a government travel ban aimed at stopping transmission of the novel coronavirus.  In a statement issued by SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali,... 

SAA suspends all international flights until end of May

Murray & Roberts’ earnings unaffected by Covid-19-related halts for now

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2020 Specialist engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) in a statement on Friday said it was still too early to provide an estimate of what the effect of Covid-19 would be on the company’s earnings for the current financial year. As it stands, the impact on its active projects in... 

Agri SA assures South Africans of food security

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2020 Agriculture industry association, Agri South Africa (SA), says South Africa’s food supply is unlikely to fall short, because of a resilient and diligent farming community. The association released a statement on Friday, unpacking the tough times that are ahead for the South African economy.  

SARB announces new liquidity measures to support banks 

By: Reuters     20th March 2020 The South African Reserve Bank announced of raft of emergency liquidity measures on Friday, including a lower rate for commercial banks to borrow money from the SARB, in a bid to ease the stress on banks caused by the coronavirus outbreak. "The Standing Facilities lending rate – the rate at which... 

SARB announces new liquidity measures to support banks

Ten-minute coronavirus test for $1 could be game changer

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2020 Already exhausted from testing for monkeypox and Lassa fever, Nigerian molecular bio-engineer Nnaemeka Ndodo had to work well past midnight earlier this month to find out if six Chinese construction workers were infected with the coronavirus. Ndodo had to collect samples from a hospital an hour... 

South Africa to ramp up test capacity heading into virus storm

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2020 South Africa plans to ramp up its capacity to test for cases of coronavirus, which is expected to infect as many as 70% of the nation’s inhabitants over time, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said. President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the virus a national disaster on Sunday, closing some borders and... 

'My worry is the people we transport' – Johannesburg taxi driver

By: News24Wire      20th March 2020 Johannesburg taxi drivers say they need to be equipped with more knowledge about the symptoms and prevention of the new coronavirus (Covid-19). On Thursday, some drivers told News24 that they were in the dark about coronavirus and were not prepared to deal with the outbreak. 

Renault suspends production in Casablanca and Tangier

By: African News Agency      20th March 2020 French car manufacturer Renault on Thursday temporarily suspended its manufacturing operations in Casablanca and Tangier amid global concern over the Covid-19 outbreak. The plants employ over 11 000 people, according to online publication Morocco World News.  

Gin makers bottle hand sanitiser for vulnerable as coronavirus spreads

By: Reuters     20th March 2020 Small gin distilleries across Britain have started producing hand sanitiser to help vulnerable people protect themselves from coronavirus amid a national shortage in a trend mirrored across the globe from Australia to the United States. Australian cricketer Shane Warne announced on Thursday that... 

South Africa gazettes regulations around Covid-19 management  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2020 The South African government has gazetted regulations related to the current state of disaster that was announced on Sunday. The regulations are effective immediately.  

South Africa gazettes regulations around Covid-19 management

Public Works building Beitbridge fence, securing quarantine facilities 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2020 The Department Of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has undertaken several measures within its mandate, in response to the spread of Covid-19. As part of an ongoing process, the department has identified 37 State-owned properties in various provinces which could possibly be used as... 

Blue Train halts trips until end-April

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2020 The Blue Train has announced the suspension of its transport service between Pretoria and Cape Town effective immediately, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The company, owned by State-owned freight utility Transnet, on Thursday said the suspension would be effective until April 30, as... 

Blue Train halts trips until end-April
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The Blue Train at Pretoria Station

Iata urges African governments to support their airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th March 2020 The global airline industry’s representative body, the International Air Transport Association, has called on African and Middle Eastern Governments to provide emergency support to their airlines. This is part of a global campaign for crisis assistance for airlines as air travel disappears... 

Iata urges African governments to support their airlines

Chamber launches Small Business Relief Centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2020 The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) has launched a Covid-19 Small Business Relief Centre to assist businesses during this crisis. The centre collaborates with experts in various business fields, which should help small businesses weather the storm successfully.  

Covid-19 : manufacturers urged to scrutinise supply chains

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2020 The Coronavirus’ (Covid-19's) unpredictability and global reach has caused a supply chain shock that will undoubtedly cut into worldwide manufacturing revenue, which is currently forecasted to be $15-trillion this year, says technology market advisory firm ABI Research. The firm points out that... 

BMW HQ shutters Rosslyn plant as Covid-19 cools demand 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2020 The BMW Group will shut down its European plants, as well as its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane, South Africa, by the end of the week, owing to shrinking demand as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Rosslyn plant produces the X3 sports-activity vehicle for the local and global markets. 

BMW HQ shutters Rosslyn plant as Covid-19 cools demand

Metair investing R650m in auto components business 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2020 International manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, is investing R650-million in a range of automotive component businesses, says MD Theo Loock. This comes as each of the businesses in the Automotive Components Vertical “successfully... 

Metair investing R650m in auto components business
Theo Loock

Covid-19 to have ripple effect on markets, says Savca

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2020 The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Savca) has promised to offer its members guidance in “navigating the challenging economic landscape” that lies ahead through a weekly webinar series. Savca CEO Tanya van Lill on Wednesday stressed that the Covid-19 outbreak... 

Covid-19 to have ripple effect on markets, says Savca
Savca CEO Tanya van Lill

CMF creates contractor advisory centre, assists with contract clarity amid outbreak

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2020 The Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa has accelerated to 116 confirmed cases by Wednesday morning, out of more than 3 000 people tested for the virus since Sunday, which is increasingly nudging the construction industry to reconsider its “wait-and-see” approach and start implementing impact... 

CMF creates contractor advisory centre, assists with contract clarity amid outbreak

Sakeliga unpacks business ‘unusual’ practices amid Covid-19 outbreak

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2020 Business organisation Sakeliga on Tuesday hosted a webinar around “unusual” and meaningful practices that have become necessary as Covid-19 continues to spread in South Africa and the rest of the world.  Sakeliga CEO Piet le Roux advised business to do its best to protect itself in the long run... 

Sakeliga unpacks business ‘unusual’ practices amid Covid-19 outbreak

HSRC to undertake public survey to assess country’s awareness of Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th March 2020 Statutory research agency, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), will conduct a public survey on social media and through follow-up qualitative studies, to better understand what the South African public knows about Covid-19, the state of readiness to deal with this global pandemic and how... 

TNPA conducts first quarantine, evacuation exercise at Cape Town port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2020 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Tuesday confirmed that two vessels were being held off port limits after a crew member on board one of the vessels had begun to exhibit symptoms of Covid-19 earlier this week. TNPA explained that two people had flown into South Africa from Istanbul,... 

TNPA conducts first quarantine, evacuation exercise at Cape Town port
Port of Cape Town

Labour department unveils guidelines for managing Covid-19 at workplaces

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th March 2020 The Department of Employment and Labour has appealed to employers to use the prescriptions of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act in governing workplaces in relation to the Covid-19 virus. The OHS, read with the Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations, requires the employer to provide... 

Local car plants to continue operating as many European operations shut down 

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2020 Despite automotive plants closing down in Europe owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, South African vehicle production sites are still operational. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Tuesday said that there were no production disruptions in the pipeline at... 

Local car plants to continue operating as many European operations shut down

Gautrain assures of cleaning practices after passenger tests positive for Covid-19

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2020 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has advised that a passenger who used the Gautrain Park and Sandton stations has tested positive for Covid-19, and urges visitors to these stations between March 12 and 14 to be vigilant about any symptoms. The businessman was visiting the Bombela Operating... 

Gautrain assures of cleaning practices after passenger tests positive for Covid-19

Citrus industry expects record export season but warns of Covid-19 uncertainties

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th March 2020 Southern Africa is expected to export a record 143.3-million cartons of citrus fruit to over 100 countries this year, Citrus Growers Association (CGA) CEO Justin Chadwick said in a statement on Tuesday. This is a 13% increase compared with 2019, when 126.7-million cartons were exported,... 

PwC says economic impact of Covid-19 warrants interest rate cut

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2020 The South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has started gathering for its bi-monthly meeting from March 17 to 19. This after the MPC was pressured to meet earlier at the beginning of March, owing to the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. At the time, SARB... 

Kibo subsidiary’s Bordersley plant affected by coronavirus

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th March 2020 The developer of the Bordersley 5 MW gas-fuelled power generation plant, in the UK, Mast Energy Developments (MED), has faced some disruption to the project as a result of its joint development partner, AB Impianti, which is based near Milan, Italy, having had to temporarily halt operations at... 

Airbus imposes temporary Covid-19 shutdown at its French and Spanish plants

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th March 2020 Europe-based major global aerospace group Airbus announced on Tuesday that it was temporarily halting work in its facilities in France and Spain. This is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The halt, which will see a temporary cessation of production and assembly work at these facilities, will... 

Airbus imposes temporary Covid-19 shutdown at its French and Spanish plants
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An Airbus A350 XWB airliner

Targeted relief measures being considered for South Africa, says PwC

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2020 Apart from providing fiscal and monetary stimulus, a variety of targeted relief measures are under discussion in many countries across the world following the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) towards the end of last year. South Africa is one of the latest countries to experience the spread... 

Hard to laud agri confidence gains when prospects have since deteriorated, says Agbiz

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2020 The Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz)/Industrial Development Corporation Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI) has finally risen to 50 after six consecutive quarters of remaining below this neutral mark. The index picked up by six points to 50 in the first quarter of the... 

Hard to laud agri confidence gains when prospects have since deteriorated, says Agbiz
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Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo
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