Govt launches portal for businesses affected by unrest

14th September 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia - Creamer Media Reporter

The South African government has launched an online Business Loss Portal for the registration of businesses that were affected by the unrest which took place during July 9 to 19 in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and other affected areas in the country.

As part of the relief package announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on July 25, a range of measures are being implemented by national and provincial governments to help small and medium-sized businesses which suffered damage or losses to rebuild.

The registration portal will collect data from affected businesses to better coordinate these relief measures, as well as to inform future interventions.

It will provide a single governmental entry point for businesses to indicate the extent of losses they have suffered and to access available facilities.

The government has called on all business owners who were affected by the unrest during the period to register on the portal, which can be accessed at www.relief4sa.co.za.

Alternatively, business owners who experience problems accessing the portal may make use of a toll-free call centre at 080 006 0085 between 08:00 to 17:00 on week days, excluding public holidays.

Data collected through the portal will be kept secure and will only be used to improve the delivery of support measures, the government says.

The portal and call centre will remain open for registration until September 30.