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South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) | obligations and roles of the electronic communications sector published

technology, media and telecommunications (TMT)

27 Mar 2020
BY Wilmari Strachan AND Tracy Cohen

Directions pertain to ensure the smooth operations of the electronic communications sector during the disaster period to combat the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa
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South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown | do tenants have an obligation to pay rent?

corporate commercial

27 Mar 2020
BY Philip Geromont

The question arises as to whether the business owners (being tenants), must continue to pay rent to their respective landlords during the lockdown period.
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ENSafrica remains at your service during Coronavirus | COVID-19 times

27 Mar 2020
BY Michael Katz AND Mzi Mgudlwa

ENSafrica remains at your service during Coronavirus | COVID-19 times
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Uganda: Ministry of Health issues statutory instruments to combat Coronavirus (COVID-19)

26 Mar 2020
BY Phillip Karugaba AND Tracy Kakongi

The Minister of Health has invoked powers under the Public Health Act, (Cap. 281) to issue rules and orders aimed at combating COVID-19.
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Uganda and Kenya: Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency tax measures

26 Mar 2020
BY Celia Becker

Over the last two days, Uganda and Kenya have both announced emergency tax measures to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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South Africa: employers and trade unions working together to give employees some respite during the national lockdown

employment

26 Mar 2020
BY Pareen Rogers AND Devon Jenkins

There has been great concern among employees, particularly those that earn hourly and weekly wages, regarding whether they will be able to sustain themselves and their families during the lockdown period.
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South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown essential services | technology, media and telecommunications

technology, media and telecommunications (TMT)

26 Mar 2020
BY Ridwaan Boda AND Wilmari Strachan

The Regulations published in terms of the impending coronavirus lockdown are far from clear and explicit when it comes to ICT, including datacentres, fibre optic infrastructure, towers and antennae.  
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South Africa: Coronavirus | electronic signatures and electronic meetings

technology, media and telecommunications (TMT)

26 Mar 2020
BY Ridwaan Boda AND Lucinda Botes

Two common legal issues that arise from remote working are: the electronic signing of agreements and instructions; and whether meetings can take place using technological means.
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South Africa: national disaster declaration – now what?

corporate commercial

26 Mar 2020
BY Pippa Reyburn

Numerous additional regulatory instruments to give effect to the lockdown and to regulate its consequences have been and will continue to be issued from day to day as SA navigates its way through and ultimately beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
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South Africa: what does the lockdown mean for current litigation matters?

dispute resolution

26 Mar 2020
BY Michael Gradidge

In terms of the lockdown, everyone is to be confined to their homes for 21 days, save for certain workers involved in providing essential services. But what does all of this mean for current litigation?
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South Africa: update | are remote businesses still allowed to operate during the lockdown?

banking and finance

26 Mar 2020
BY Johan Loubser

Allowing remote businesses to operate would mitigate the adverse economic effect of the current disaster, which must be an objective of disaster management.
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South Africa: final regulations for coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown published

25 Mar 2020

The regulations published on 18 March 2020 in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 have been amended to regulate the lockdown announced by President Ramaphosa on 23 March 2020.
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South Africa: can employees, who are infected with COVID-19, be compensated in terms of COIDA?

mine and occupational health and safety

24 Mar 2020
BY Willem le Roux , Pieter Colyn AND Celeste Coles

The South African Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 ("COIDA") addresses compensation payable to employees, who suffer from occupational diseases, which has arisen out of, and in the course of their employment.
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South Africa: special leave benefits announced for employees in self-quarantine

employment

24 Mar 2020
BY Lauren Salt

As a result of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many employees may consider placing themselves in self-quarantine after possible exposure to the virus.
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South Africa: competition exemptions for banking and retail property sectors to support the Coronavirus fallout

competition/anti-trust

24 Mar 2020

On 23 and 24 March 2020, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition published Regulations under section 78(1) of the Competition Act, 1998 exempting the banking and retail property sectors from certain provisions of the Competition Act.
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