Health & Safety Law

The long walk to freedom: the ‘cans’ and ‘still cant’s’ of the Alert Level 2 Regulations

By |2020-08-19T10:26:04+01:00August 19th, 2020|Health & Safety Law, Litigation, Regulatory Law|

On Tuesday, 18 August 2020, at 0h00, the South African national lockdown was downgraded from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2. Regulations prescribing the legal parameters of the Alert Level 2 restrictions and allowances were published on the same day and many of them are discussed here.

COVID-19 Update – Alert Level 3 Stays in place (with further restrictions) as we prepare for “the storm”:

By |2020-07-14T10:37:33+01:00July 14th, 2020|Articles, Health & Safety Law, Litigation, Regulatory Law|

His address did not declare an escalation of the alert level currently in place, as widely expected, but rather confirmed that whilst the Alert Level 3 Regulations would, for now, remain in force, that these Regulations would be further limited and refined in certain respects. The increase in the degree of restriction under the Level 3 Regulations was justified by the President as being necessary to curb the impending storm predicted early on by experts advising government

The Fortnight Ahead: Amendments to the Lockdown Regulations following its Extension:

By |2020-04-20T13:35:26+01:00April 20th, 2020|Health & Safety Law, Regulatory Law|

Following the declaration by President on 15 April 2020 that the national lockdown will be extended by two weeks, various amendments to the existing lockdown Regulations were published on 16 April 2020 (“the Amendments”). These amendments will govern private and commercial transactions and restrictions until the lockdown is lifted, which for now is set as being on 01 May 2020.  This article will briefly discuss the most relevant of these amendments and their impact.

Covid-19: Health and safety in the workplace

By |2020-03-23T07:26:05+00:00March 20th, 2020|Health & Safety Law, Labour Law|

The Occupational Safety and Health Act, No. 85 of 1993 (“the Act”) aims to ensure the wellbeing, health and safety of employees in the workplace. In light of the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to consider the effects the spread of the virus may have on the South African employer and specifically the risk the virus poses to employees in the workplace. In this regard, section 8 of the Act is of importance as it sets out the duties that employers owe to their employees and is discussed below

COVID-19- a National State of Disaster: What do the regulations mean for me?

By |2020-03-19T15:02:24+00:00March 19th, 2020|Environmental Law, Health & Safety Law, Litigation|

On 15 March 2020, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, as Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, declared a national state of disaster, citing special circumstances warranting such declaration in terms of Section 27(1) of the Act. Furthermore, Dr Mmaphaka Tau, in his capacity as the Head of the National Disaster Management Centre, classifying the COVID-19 pandemic as a national disaster, in other words, a disaster affecting all of the provinces, in terms of section 23(1)(b) of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 (“the Act”).

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