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Covid-19

Online platforms should adapt to ensure post-Covid-19 survival

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 With people around the world increasingly using Web-based platforms to communicate, buy, sell and otherwise inform themselves about current affairs, Accenture technology practice MD Kirtan Sita says such platforms need to prioritise and implement essential functions that come with this vital... 

Tips launches Covid-19 weekly monitor

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 To assist individuals, economic stakeholders and policy makers in managing the Covid-19-related risks of re-opening the South African economy, the Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (Tips) is launching a weekly monitor to track the spread of Covid-19 and its impact on the economy. To be... 

Digital solutions can assist agricultural export sector during Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 Technology that can be used by the agricultural industry plays an increasingly important role as has recently become evident in the efficiencies it can drive in the food industry as Covid-19 disrupts various businesses, says start-up tech business Agrigate One CEO Greg Whitaker. He says the... 

US donates 730 000 masks for South Africa's health department

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 The US government, through the US Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Biological Threat Reduction Programme (BTRP), has procured and started distributing 729 000 protective masks to South Africa’s Department of Health (DoH) to help curb the spread of Covid-19. The masks,... 

US donates 730 000 masks for South Africa's health department

UIF now pays TERS funds directly to employees, ups call centre capacity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2020 On May 14 alone, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) paid out R836-million in Covid-19 Temporary Employer / Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) claims. This benefited 195 521 workers, which are represented by 8 495 employers.  

UIF now pays TERS funds directly to employees, ups call centre capacity
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

BBC raises small business concerns with department

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2020 The Black Business Council (BBC) and the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) on May 8 held a virtual meeting to discuss the relief measures implemented by the department in response to Covid-19 and the Small Business Master Plan. The discussion was led by Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni... 

AfDB approves $13.7m for Zim Covid-19 response

By: Sane Dhlamini     15th May 2020 Zimbabwe will receive a $13.7-million grant from the African Development Bank to bolster its health system in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. The grant will strengthen support for frontline responders and health personnel and boost the country’s Global Health Security Index. The... 

AfDB approves $13.7m for Zim Covid-19 response

Covid-19 to result in contraction, increased instability and regionalism

By: Nadine James     15th May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to result in increased geopolitical instability, recessions and a shift away from globalisation, speakers said during a May 14 webinar, titled 'Covid-19: Political And Geopolitical Risks', hosted by risk and industry research company Fitch Solutions. The speakers... 

Dr Sandile Buthelezi appointed as Health DG 

By: Thabi Madiba     15th May 2020 The Department of Health on Friday announced the appointment of South African National Aids Council CEO Dr Sandile Buthelezi as the department’s incoming director-general. The department noted Buthelezi’s 15-year experience in health governance, policy and programme management  and said he was... 

Dr Sandile Buthelezi appointed as Health DG

Aspen focused on maintaining production during pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2020 JSE-listed Aspen’s immediate focus under Covid-19 has been to establish processes aimed at ensuring optimum production and the responsible allocation of essential drugs through a heightened focus on its production and supply chain activities. Aspen is experiencing an elevated demand for certain... 

Covid-19 could exacerbate food insecurity, malnutrition in Africa – WHO

By: Sane Dhlamini     15th May 2020 The World Health Organization has expressed concern at the potential impact of the coronavirus on food security, which it says could worsen malnutrition in Africa. WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti has warned that the virus is threatening livelihoods and household economies... 

Covid-19 could exacerbate food insecurity, malnutrition in Africa – WHO

Project launched to facilitate essential air cargo supplies to South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th May 2020 A South African business development company, ‘tvg&associates’ (TVG), has launched a project to coordinate the air transport of essential medical supplies to the country, using charter operations. This initiative, dubbed Operation Warhorse, is supported by the South African Association of Freight... 

Covid-19 catalysing cooperation in water sector

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 Water Research Commission CEO Dhesigen Naidoo has said the Covid-19 pandemic was encouraging different water sector role-players to open channels of communication and use digital tools to further their goals of making clean and safe water available to an increased number of people and... 

Covid-19 catalysing cooperation in water sector
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Water Research Commission CEO Dhesigen Naidoo

WHO urges African countries to prioritise malnutrition, food scarcity issues

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2020 The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed concern about the potential impact of Covid-19 on food security, which will exacerbate the already significant burden of malnutrition in Africa. WHO Africa regional director Dr Matshidiso Moeti says Covid-19 is unfolding in Africa against a... 

WHO urges African countries to prioritise malnutrition, food scarcity issues

Dept reaching out to domestic workers, farm labourers to apply for UIF lockdown benefits

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2020 In its quest to ensure that no worker in need is left behind, the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) is making all efforts to reach domestic workers and farm labourers so that they can benefit from the Covid-19 relief scheme. The scheme, which is part of the basket of government-wide... 

South Africa to assign coronavirus restrictions by district – minister

By: Reuters     15th May 2020 South Africa will assign levels of lockdown restrictions for each of the country's roughly 50 districts, depending on the number of active coronavirus infections there, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday. The National Coronavirus Command Council, the government body overseeing efforts... 

South Africa to assign coronavirus restrictions by district – minister
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Majority of those working from home have not received cybersecurity training, guidance

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2020 Three-in-four (73%) employees working from home have not yet received any specific cybersecurity awareness guidance or training to keep themselves secure from risks, a report published by cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky shows. While it can be more difficult to control the security of... 

Amid pandemic, short-term business risks need to be managed

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2020 Upper-level management and executives will need to take the role of governance, risk and compliance teams very seriously during this time and in the months ahead, says legal and business information and analytics service multinational LexisNexis South Africa legal and compliance divisional... 

As firms reopen and pandemic lingers, health and safety obligations rise

By: Nadine James     15th May 2020 By now, most people are aware of measures prescribed by the World Health Organisation to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. However, given the phased reopening of the South African economy, it is prudent to consider the health and safety protections afforded employees through existing... 

As firms reopen and pandemic lingers, health and safety obligations rise

Anglo American to move corporate office to Rosebank

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2020 Diversified mining company Anglo American, while committing to upholding the legacy of its historic central business district (CBD) presence in downtown Johannesburg, has decided to relocate its Johannesburg CBD colleagues to a new consolidated corporate office in Rosebank, north of the city... 

Anglo American to move corporate office to Rosebank
Photo by Anglo American
Historic Anglo American corporate offices in central Johannesburg.

Moolmans remobilises after lockdown, but Aveng warns of liquidity risks

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2020 Construction and engineering group Aveng reports that the group’s South African contract-mining subsidiary, Moolmans, has recommenced full operations at the majority of its opencast contracts, while its underground project at Platreef is operating at 50% of capacity in line with South Africa’s... 

Business wants swift action on inappropriate level 4 regulations, as e-commerce opens 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2020 Business for South Africa (B4SA) has called for swift amendments to those Covid-19 level 4 lockdown regulations that President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged to be unclear and contradictory and has again called for preparations to be accelerated for an orderly and rapid transition through... 

Business wants swift action on inappropriate level 4 regulations, as e-commerce opens
Photo by Creamer Media
Martin Kingston

Glencore beats emissions target, sets out to deliver safety step change 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore significantly surpassed its emission target in 2019 but described its safety performance as being unacceptable. In announcing the publication on its website of its 2019 Sustainability Report as well as its environment, social and governance (ESG)... 

Glencore beats emissions target, sets out to deliver safety step change
Glencore’s head of sustainable development Anna Krutikov

Proudly SA extends Covid-19 portal to include sanitisers, detergents and disinfectants

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2020 Following the success of its online portal dedicated to matching supply and demand of locally manufactured fabric face masks, national campaign Proudly SA has extended the portal to include local producers of hand sanitiser, surface disinfectants and detergents. As South Africans gradually return... 

Covid-19 exacerbating African economic instability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2020 Countries in sub-Saharan Africa were dealing with a myriad of economic and other challenges prior to the outbreak of Covid-19 and these will continue to impact on the outlook of countries in the region. The pandemic will further exacerbate the challenges faced by the region, speakers... 

SA construction contractors remain under siege, MDA Attorneys

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2020 The construction sector was in steep decline before the Covid-19 lockdown and few businesses have the cash reserves to remain sustainable in the current environment, says construction and technology law specialist MDA Attorneys. The firm indicates that the most pressing concerns for contractors... 

Local travel agents warn airlines about passenger ticket refunds 

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th May 2020 The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata), while expressing understanding for South Africa’s beleaguered airlines, has cautioned that they must comply with the Consumer Protection Act (CPA). The airline, travel and tourism sectors have been severely hit by the country’s lockdown... 

World airline body opposes countries imposing quarantine for international travellers

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th May 2020 The representative body for the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has opposed the introduction by some countries of quarantine for arriving international travellers. These measures were part of those countries’ efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.... 

World airline body opposes countries imposing quarantine for international travellers
Photo by Iata
Alexandre De Juniac

Too little, too late says small business chamber on Ramaphosa's speech 

By: African News Agency      14th May 2020 The National Small Business Chamber said on Thursday that president Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that the country could move from a level 4 to level 3 Covid-19 lockdown by the end of May had come "too little, too late" for small business owners.  Ramaphosa made the statement on Wednesday night,... 

 Too little, too late says small business chamber on Ramaphosa's speech
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South African trade conditions slump in April due to Covid-19 lockdown

By: African News Agency      14th May 2020 Trading conditions in South Africa were badly affected during April by a lockdown aimed at limiting Covid-19 transmissions, with an index that tracks activity declining 11 points, a leading business chamber said on Thursday. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry said its latest... 

 South African trade conditions slump in April due to Covid-19 lockdown

Lockdown hampers business and trade activity for April – Sacci

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2020 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) notes that trade conditions were badly affected in April as a result of the lockdown measures implemented to halt the spread of Covid-19. It notes that this called for extraordinary efforts by businesses to keep afloat. 

Re-opened Merc plant gears up for face-shield, breathing aid production 

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2020 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will manufacture 3D-printed recyclable plastic face shields for use in the mass screening for Covid-19, and for use at clinics and hospitals.  In addition, and pending quality assurance regulatory approval, the local arm of the German auto manufacturer will also... 

Re-opened Merc plant gears up for face-shield, breathing aid production
The CPAP device

Telkom reduces DSL broadband prices to assist in connecting people during Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2020 In response to the increased demand for home connectivity during the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa, Telkom is reducing prices and removing caps on its copper-based digital subscriber line (DSL) broadband portfolio to new customers. The promotional prices, starting from R199 for an initial... 

Blimps posited to monitor Covid-19 prevention measure compliance

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2020 Unmanned aerial systems, such as small blimps, could be used as novel airborne measures to monitor people in terms of physical distancing and other Covid-19 prevention measures, says University of Johannesburg (UJ) Institute of Intelligent Systems Professor Qingguo Wang. He explains that a... 

Blimps posited to monitor Covid-19 prevention measure compliance

Transnet converts healthcare trains to bolster Covid-19 testing in underserviced areas

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2020 State-owned Transnet’s corporate social investment unit Transnet Foundation has converted two of its healthcare trains, Phelophepa I and II, into mobile Covid-19 testing stations, The trains will be used to increase testing for Covid-19 in some underserviced areas in the Eastern Cape and... 

Transnet converts healthcare trains to bolster Covid-19 testing in underserviced areas

Long4Life delivers 'credible' full-year performance, cuts costs as Covid-19 impact starts to bite

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2020 JSE-listed lifestyle investment company Long4Life says it has delivered a credible performance in the financial year ended February 29, with trading profit up 15% year-on-year to R520-million. Headline earnings a share increased by 12% year-on-year to 43.4c.  

Most of SA can prepare for Level 3 lockdown at the end of May – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      14th May 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the country will drop to Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown by the end of May, but some parts of the country with higher infection rates of Covid-19 will remain at Level 4. Ramaphosa made this announcement during his address to the nation on Wednesday. 

Most of SA can prepare for Level 3 lockdown at the end of May – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa
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