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3 May 2020 Urgent Notice re Level 4 – Covid-19

Urgent Notice

Attn. Jewellery Manufacturers

I refer to the Level 4 Regulations which have become applicable from 1 May 2020. I’m sure you will agree that the regulations are very ambiguous and interpretation has been a huge challenge. We wish to clarify the following important information:

As per the link we sent out on Thursday last week see Risk-adjusted strategy regulations 29 April 2020

Permits

We have been advised by the Department of Trade and Industry this morning that in order to travel and be permitted to operate, businesses falling under Level 4, registered with CIPC, will be required to obtain a permit to perform essential services as indicated in relevant regulations. Click on the following link:  https://www.bizportal.gov.za/essential_service_apply.aspx

Sole proprietors are required to register with their local municipalities to obtain the relevant permit.

Employees should be issued with a permit to perform an essential or permitted service duties. See Form 2, Page 27. If the employer is able to provide this form by email or Whatsapp this will be preferable. We have been advised that it will be highly unlikely that SAPS will take any action against persons attending work on the first day that don’t have the relevant documents.

Workplace Plans

Please note that you are required by law to draft a Workplace plan. See Section E, page 36.

Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces

It is of utmost importance that companies peruse the attached Government gazette in order to make yourselves familiar of the requirements under Covid-19 regulations. In particular, we refer you to Clause 20, page 10 in which every employer must implement important health and safety measures.

Click on the link below to view: 

Government Gazette 29 April 2020