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SA Table Grape Industry Covid-19 Communication and resources

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) supports the Government’s efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa. This page is regularly updated with the key government Regulations and useful resources.

 

Alert Level 1  from 21 September 2020

Summary of Level 1 OHS Regulations – 8 October 2020

New OHS regulations from the Department of Employment and Labour – 01 October 2020.

Employment and Labour

New OHS Directions 

  • As was the case under the previous directions, employers must conduct symptom screening and keep a register of all employees and visitors to the workplace;
  • All employers must also undertake a risk assessment, identify vulnerable persons and develop a plan outlining the protective measures in place;
  • One salient difference is that every employer who employs more than 50 persons at a single site must submit a record of its risk assessment together with a written policy to the Department of Employment and Labour before the 21st of October 2020;
    • This was previously only applicable to employers with more than 500 employees but the threshold has been lowered to 50;
  • Broadly speaking there are 4 categories / instances where employers must submit data to the Department:
  • The once-off vulnerability assessment for employers with more than 50 employees on site;
  • The actual symptoms of employees who are symptomatic (this must be submitted weekly);
  • Details regarding a positive test case; and
  • Prescribed information where an employee returns to work after recovering from COVID 19.
  • Vulnerability status assessments apply to all employees but the remainder only to positive test cases;
  • Even though it is a legal requirement to collect this information, it will qualify as personal information in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI);
    • The implication is that this personal information must be kept confidential from other employees, stored securely (i.e. in a file in a locked drawer etc.) and only submitted to the department through secure channels that are not accessible to other employees;
  • To assist companies with these reporting requirements, the CSIR is busy developing an online platform and mobile phone app referred to as Cmore.
  • Kindly consult the detailed guideline document for more information.

The ministers of Transport and Home Affairs have amended the Regulations under the Disaster Management Act to cater for alert level 1. Herewith the key points relevant to agriculture:

Home Affairs

Amendment of directions

  • Visas for foreign nationals residing in South Africa which was due to lapse during the lockdown has been extended from 31 October 2020 until 31 January 2021;
  • A list is included of the 35 land ports which remain closed;
  • The department will now also process visitor’s visas, study visas, business visas, critical skills, corporate and general work visas amongst others from 1 October 2020 – this will be critical for agribusinesses who employ foreign nationals;
  • The amended Directions also set down the procedure and supporting documents which are required to be submitted with an application from any person who wishes to travel to the Republic from a high-risk country;
    • Such travellers require permission from the Minister to travel to the Republic.

The notices are linked below:

Air travel

Sea ports

Cross-border transport

Home affairs

 

President Ramaphosa Message on 16 September 2020

Alert Level 2  from 18 August 2020

Alert LEVEL 2 Government Gazette 17 August 2020 

The Ministers of Transport have amended the directions issued under the Disaster Management Act for alert level 2. Herewith the key points:

Transport

Public transport

  • All long distance (+200 km) intra and inter-provincial travel by private vehicles and public transport is permitted;
  • For long distance travel, the following load capacities apply:
    • Minibus, midibus or minibus taxi-type services are limited at 70%, equating to:
      • 7/10 for minibuses;
      • 10/15 for midibuses;
      • 15/22 for larger midibuses; and
      • 70% for bus services;
  • For short distance travel (less than 200 kms);
    • Buses, minibuses, midi-buses, e-hailing services, meter taxis, shuttle services, chauffer-driven vehicles & scholar transport may carry 100% capacity;
    • Rail operations are limited to 70% capacity.
  • The transportation of liquor is also permitted.

Agri Western Cape Covid-19-scenarios-in-die-werkplek

Alert Level 3 continues from 13 July 2020 

President Cyril Ramaphosa Message – 12 July 2020

AgriSA Letter summarise new Level 3 Regulations – 13 July 2020

Alert Level 3 from 1 June 2020 

AgriSA Letter on Level 3 Regulations – 26 June 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa speech on Alert Level 3

Consolidated Covid-19 Direction on Health and Safety in the Workplace – 4 June 2020

OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES ON COVID-19

All official government regulations and guidelines are available at https://www.gov.za/coronavirus/guidelines

Find tools and guidelines to expedite a safe, effective and structured return to work plan (https://www.return2work.co.za)

Alert Level 4 from 1 May 2020 

SATI Memo Level 4 lockdown – 30 April 2020

Level 4 Regulations – 29 April 2020
The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has published new Regulations that will repeal and replace the Covid-19 Regulations applied under level 5. Many of the same restrictions have been repeated in the new regulations which enter into operation on the 1st of May 2020.

New level 4 lockdown regulations for employers – including coronavirus screening and free masks for workers

COVID-19 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES IN WORKPLACES COVID-19 (C19 OHS) Covid19 Directive – 28 APRIL 2020
According to the new regulations, gazetted on Wednesday 29 April, employers will need to implement a host of new measures to ensure that their workers are protected and limit the risk of the coronavirus spreading.

AgriSA Level 4 workplace resources:

Business4SA_Return to work during COVID19 as at 14 May

Memorandum Practice Note for COVID19

Covid-19 Employer Risk Assessment GENERIC

COVID-19 Worker risk assessment

HS Practitioner GENERIC

 

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ON SOUTH AFRICA’S RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – 23 APRIL 2020

Alertlevels1 5

The State of National Disaster and national lockdown implemented from 27 March 2020 and extend to 30 April 2020. Based on the regulations the table grape industry is an essential service.

Notes on Lockdown extension from 17-30 April 2020

Permit to perform essential services according to Regulation 11 B (3)

  • This permit does not have to be re-issued now that the lockdown has been extended, it remains valid.
  • The SAPS have been informed of this.
  • To avoid any confusion and frustration it is recommended, and where possible for producers, to issue new or updated permits to employees to reflect the new 30 April date.
  • CIPC registration of businesses that perform “Essential Services”
  • These registrations expired on 16 April 2020 and have to be re-issued to cover the period until 30 April 2020.
  • These CIPC registrations are not permits, employees and employers must still have valid permits (referred to above).

Government extended lockdown regulations -16 April 2020

AgriSA letter about latest amendments – 16 April 2020

 

Memorandums have been issued to the table grape industry:

25 March 2020 – Memorandum SATI Kennisgewing – Landswye Inperking (lockdown) 25 Maart

15 April 2020 – Memorandum SATI Kennisgewing – Verlengde Inperking en Noodsaaklike Dienste

Additional relevant resources for producers from various Government Departments, AgriSA, AgBiz, the Department of Agriculture in the Western Cape can be found by clicking on the following links:

Further information about financial and other support can be found by clicking on the following links:

More resources:

PMA Research – UK Consumer Sentiment During Covid-19 Crises

PMA Research – Chinese Consumer Sentiment During Covid-19 Crises

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