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South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) | financial services under lockdown

14 Apr 2020
BY Roger Rudolph , Angela Itzikowitz , Aslam Moosajee , Jessica Blumenthal , Johan Loubser AND Metumo Shilongo

On 2 April 2020, the second amendment to the lockdown regulations was published
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South Africa: How to choose a video conferencing platform in the time of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

14 Apr 2020
BY Isaivan Naidoo AND Lucinda Botes

Given the fact that many countries are under some form of lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, organisations that are able to do so, are now working remotely, with video conferencing platforms
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South Africa: Certain call centres are now able to operate during the lockdown

14 Apr 2020
BY Isaivan Naidoo AND Lucinda Botes

On 9 April 2020, the Departments of Health, Trade and Industry, and Competition issued a directive that allows call centres that provide health, safety, social, support, government and financial services to international markets to operate
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South Africa: Cost-cutting employment alternatives to retrenchment following the extended lockdown

employment

14 Apr 2020
BY Brian Patterson AND Audrey Johnson

Like many other countries worldwide, South Africa went into a 21-day national lockdown on 27 March, in an effort to help slow down the spread of the Coronavirus
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South Africa: Estate planning during a pandemic: are your affairs in order?

14 Apr 2020
BY Deon Beachen

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has disrupted lives and continues to wreak havoc on the global economy, has seen a sudden and dramatic shift in the way we live.
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South Africa: All Industries excluding the mining industry: is there an obligation on employers to report and investigate incidents of employees contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) ?

mine and occupational health and safety

14 Apr 2020
BY Willem le Roux AND Tyla Foster

Several health and safety obligations (both general and specific) towards employees are imposed on an employer or user in respect of the "workplace".
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Mauritius: Capital markets | practical considerations in the context of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

14 Apr 2020
BY Elsie Rasolohery Pascal

The Stock Exchange of Mauritius Ltd (“SEM”) made an announcement on 14 April 2020 regarding the filing of issuers’ financial statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2019.
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South African Mining Industry: Practical considerations for employers relating to coronavirus (COVID-19), post lockdown

mine and occupational health and safety

09 Apr 2020
BY Pieter Colyn AND Warren Hendricks

General duties and obligations of employer in terms of the MHSA
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South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) TERS: a guide to the updated memorandum of agreement for employers

employment

09 Apr 2020
BY Lauren Salt AND Hlengiwe Mahlangu

the Unemployment Insurance Fund released four new memoranda of agreement to be used when employers apply for the COVID-19 Temporary Relief Scheme
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Uganda: Ministry of Health issues additional Coronavirus (COVID-19) rules

07 Apr 2020
BY Phillip Karugaba AND Tracy Kakongi

The Ugandan Minister of Health has issued the Public Health (Control of COVID-19) (No. 2) Rules, 2020 (“the Rules”) in addition to the previously published statutory instruments
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South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) | illegal and impossible performances under derivatives transactions – contractual provisions and South African common law

banking and finance

07 Apr 2020
BY Kelle Gagné

Some reports claim that as many as one third of people around the world are subject to some degree of lockdown to stem the coronavirus (COVID-19) rate of infection.
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South Africa: the impact of the Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill, 2020 on the time periods for tax matters

tax

07 Apr 2020
BY Taryn Solomon

The Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill, 2020 (“Bill”) was released for public comment on 1 April 2020 and once signed into law, will take effect from that date.
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Mauritius: capital markets | practical considerations in the context of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

07 Apr 2020
BY Elsie Rasolohery Pascal

Trading and settlement activities on SEM and CDS will resume on Monday, 6 April 2020.
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Mauritius – tax measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)

07 Apr 2020
BY Shrivan Dabee , Valentin Hardy AND Yashna Munbauhal

In light of the widespread impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), various tax measures that companies and individuals should be aware of have been announced by the Mauritius authorities
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South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) | closing commercial transactions during lockdown

corporate commercial

07 Apr 2020
BY Zeyn Bhyat AND Sarah Binge

With South Africa currently under a nationwide lockdown, practical challenges arise for parties to existing (or new) commercial transactions that are scheduled to “close” during this period.
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