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Covid-19 – Update on Permits and Increase to 50% Capacity

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Good day Members
Following on from our email below, I have an update and would like to clarify a few issues.
1. As per the following link to the latest Government Gazette received this morning, please note that manufacturers are now able to operate at 50% capacity (previously 30%) http://www.jewellery.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Govt-Gazette-%E2%80%93-Disaster-Management-29-April-2020%E2%80%99.pdf See page 24, point 6. I have clarified this with DTI.
2. There has been many questions relating to the obtaining of permits. Let me clarify as follows:
2.1 If your company is registered with CIPC, you can obtain a permit by clicking on the following link: https://www.bizportal.gov.za/essential_service.aspx This is for business owners. An automated system will issue a permit within a few minutes.
2.2 It seems that obtaining a permit for a sole proprietor has been more challenging. Please see attached document which I obtained from DTI this morning. Regrettably permit offices are only in outlying areas, since most vendors are living there. According to a news article, municipal ward councillors can assist to obtain a permit. This may be the easiest starting point if jewellers know your ward councillors. If you are unsuccessful in obtain a permit this way, please, in the meantime, use the form which you as an employer will be issuing to staff as per point 2.3 below.
2.3 As an employer, you are able to issue your staff with a permit, stamped with your company stamp. See Form 2, Page 27 on the following link: http://www.jewellery.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Risk-Adjusted-Strategy-Regulations-29-April-2020.pdf
Click on link below to view:

DTI – Permits for Small Businesses during COVID