DoL: Returning to Workplace Guidelines

The Department of Labour (DoL) has published the regulations for workplaces returning to work during Level 4 lockdown across South Africa. These guidelines, aimed at preventing the spreading of COVID-19 as economic activity slowly resumes, must be followed across workplaces in all industries. The Department of Labour, via the South African Government News Agency, has […]

The Basics of OHS in South Africa right now

In South Africa now, Google searches for “workplace safety” and “regulation” (as a related search term) have increased to the highest number of searches in the past year – amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic and South Africa’s lockdown regulations allowing more people to return to the workplace premises, it is essential for employers and employees […]

SETA Submission Deadlines – do I need to apply for extension?

Following the COVID-19 Lockdown across South Africa, regulatory announcements have indicated that some SETA deadlines for WSP/ATR Submissions are extended to 31 May 2020 – a month after the original annual submission date on 30 April. This extension applies across all SETAs, but not automatically – for many SETAs you will still need to apply […]

SDL Payment Holiday starting 1 May 2020

We know that the COVID-19 Lockdown is taking its toll on every business, but it’s not all bleak – the National Treasury has announced a 4-month payment holiday on Skills Development Levies starting 1 May 2020. While businesses are suffering much larger losses, this relief measure would definitely provide businesses with an additional portion of expendable […]

SDF CORP IS CALLING FOR INTERVENTION – OPEN LETTER

SDF Corp has drafted and distributed an open letter to stakeholders of BEE and Skills Development in South Africa, containing a call for intervention from the private sector. This one letter requests answers and clarification on specific measures that have been imposed during this National Lockdown, and urgent intervening measures that have to be taken […]

CITY TO CLOSE FACILITIES TO CONTAIN SPREAD OF COVID-19

The City of Cape Town has noted the key containment and mitigation measures that are being implemented across the world and in South Africa in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19. We have taken note of best practice from other affected countries and the success they have found in social distancing and […]

NEW MINIMUM WAGES: NEED-TO-KNOW ONLY

On 1 March 2020, the new increased minimum wages took effect in South Africa as announced by the Minister of Employment and Labour. The National Minimum Wage Act specified that minimum wages are increased with 3.8% to R20.76/hour, with a few exceptions to this rule and excluding benefits. This change impacts Employment Equity for designated […]

DISCRETIONARY GRANTS – WHAT ARE THEY, AND HOW DO I APPLY?

When linking Skills Development to BEE, it can become a whirlpool of confusing terminology – and not to mention all the hoops you have to jump through to try and implement them. We believe that it is easier than it sounds, and the benefits outweigh the implementation procedure by far. One of the best ways […]

WSPS AND ATRS – WHERE TO START

By now, most business owners have seen many reminders on the internet about the deadline for Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and Annual Training Report (ATR) submissions that are due 30 April 2020. Skills Development legislation currently determines that any business with an annual payroll of over R500 000 are required to submit their WSPs and […]

CITY TO SPEND R65 MILLION ON NEW TRANSPORT FACILITY FOR SOMERSET WEST

The City of Cape Town will be spending approximately R65 million on the construction of a new public transport interchange in Somerset West. This is the biggest public investment in the central business district in recent years, and residents are invited to attend the information sessions in January 2020 where officials will share the details. […]