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.

The Covid-19 Temporary Relief Scheme Refined – Recent Amendments to the Minister’s Directive:

By |2020-04-09T16:29:17+01:00April 9th, 2020|Labour Law, Litigation, Regulatory Law|

The Covid-19 Temporary Relief Scheme (“the Scheme”) was implemented by the Department of Labour as a direct remedial response to the havoc wrecked on small to medium enterprises (“SMME’s”) by the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst the Scheme has been active and functional since 26 March 2020, amendments published to the Directive responsible for the implementation of the Scheme on 08 April 2020 have clarified the application of the Scheme and have further refined its operation.

Newsflash: Commercial Property Sector Unites Behind Rental Relief Measures for Retail Tenants

By |2020-04-09T12:27:24+01:00April 9th, 2020|Litigation, Property Law, Regulatory Law|

The Property Industry Group (PIG) give some relief to tenants who can accept their landlord’s offer to provide for any of the relief. It should also be noted that any acceptance of a landlord’s offer for a remission of rental, in accordance with the PIG’s relief package, should be considered against whether or not a landlord is entitled to rental at all. Tenants are not bound to accept these terms; however, once an election has been made, such decision is final, and any rights waived can likely not be revisited. We would therefore urge tenants to take proper advice, and to consider the full extent of their rights before accepting any such offers from landlords.

COVID-19: Property transactions, the Deed’s Office and the Master’s Office during lockdown

By |2020-04-01T15:38:46+01:00April 1st, 2020|Commercial Property Law, Property Law|

Previous articles have been published by us advising on the impact of COVID-19 and the national lockdown on our daily lives, including that on business and legal practitioners. This article focuses on  how the lockdown will affect property transactions as well as the administration of estates.

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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