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Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has assured South Africans that contact tracing in COVID-19 cases will not be used to spy on citizens.


New regulations governing who may attend a funeral under the Coronavirus-enforced lockdown have been put in place by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta). 

Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has gazetted further amendments to the regulations on the COVID-19 lockdown in order to flatten the infection curve. 


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The South African government has announced that it will roll out a large-scale screening, testing, tracing and a medical management programme, to manage the Coronavirus.


With more than 1300 known Covid-19 (Coronavirus) cases in the country, South Africa is in a nation-wide lockdown as fears of a widespread outbreak continues to grow. Laboratories worldwide are reportedly running critically low on tests - fearing that the actual number of cases is much higher. Confirming this would be impossible without testing.

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The National Consumer Commission (NCC), working jointly with the Competition Commission, has launched an investigation into allegations of excessive price hikes by 30 retailers from various provinces in the country since the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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It is understandable that business owners feel panicky because of the toll Corona is taking on business income. However, many businesses realise that if they implement wholesale retrenchments they will not only lose valuable skills but will also reduce the buying power of the public. This would then further reduce the business’s ability to earn an income. 

Workers from the Pick n Pay distribution centre at Edenvale in Gauteng went on an unprotected strike yesterday over concerns for their health and safety while working during the covid-19 outbreak. They also had demands for increased pay or bonuses for working during the national lockdown.

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On 23 March 2020, the Compensation Commissioner published, by way of Government Gazette, a ‘Notice on Compensation for Occupational-Acquired Novel Corona Virus Diseases (COVID-19).  The Notice came into effect on 23 March 2020. 

Since the cancer of apartheid, South Africa’s workplaces have not been affected by a malady anywhere nearly as bad as Corona. Corona severely threatens not only our physical health, but also the economic health of workers, employers, and the economy as a whole. 

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Employers and employees have rights when it comes to sick leave, but fraudulent sick notes are a rising problem

In the wake of Jacob Zuma’s alleged medical certificate presented to court in January 2020, there has been widening controversy around these documents and their validity in the South African workplace.

Work From Home

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With the government enforcing a nationwide lockdown to minimise the spread of the coronavirus, executives now find themselves forced to manage their entire company from home. It may not seem ideal now but, with the right attitude and skills, it could increase management efficiencies like never before.

The Directors at Signium Africa offer their tips for making the most of this time.

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For some people working from home is a regular practice but for most of us, it’s a new way of working and presents new challenges - especially if you are with family who is now at home too. 

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The impact of Covid-19, also known as the coronavirus, is being felt across the global business landscape. The Presidential address on 23 March 2020 has placed South Africa under lockdown for 21 days – a step that’s aligned with global best practice but that’s set to change the working landscape for a long period of time.



No, members of the public do not need to fill out a form or apply for a permit when going out to buy essential goods or access essential services.


Yes, members of the public are allowed to attend funerals provided that -

•No more than 50 people will be in attendance. 
•No night vigil will be held beforehand.
•Those in attendance will adhere to social distancing guidelines and continue to take precautionary measures. 


Information approved for release by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) answers this question -


1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick (coughing, sneezing, and other flu-like symptoms). Maintain a distance of at least 1m apart from others while in public.


As stated on the government's official website, the following categories of service are considered essential by the South African Government during the 21-day lockdown:

We are so used to walking into a store and buying whatever we want (depending on your budget of course) that, now, with South Africa on its 4th day of a national lockdown, it may be difficult to distinguish between luxury items and products we wouldn't be able to go without.

Fortunately, the Western Cape’s Department of Health categorises which supplies we will be able to access during the country's three-week lockdown. 

Being told to “Stay at home” may seem self-explanatory but it is quite a vague command. It invites confusion which in turn leads to questions such as “Well, when am I allowed to leave the property?”, “What if I need something from the store?”, “Can I go see a movie but sit far away from everyone else?”, “Why can’t I take my dog for a walk?

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to flu symptoms, these include: fever, coughing, fatigue and body aches. These symptoms tend to affect the whole body, which tends to lead to severe health implications such as:

Training Provider Articles

Alusani Skills & Training Network (Pty) Ltd®

You have read or heard a million times that a company’s competitive advantage in today’s current economic climate depends on its people’s skills and talents.  You have also heard platitudes like ‘people are our most important asset’ but when times are tough the first line item that gets yanked from the budget or put on hold funnily enough is always training.

Alusani Skills & Training Network (Pty) Ltd®

New managers are battling to cope with the immense responsibility of leading and inspiring employees due to a lack of training and experience. Management coach Lizanne de Jong shares her tips on how to become a respected and trusted manager at the People Management Skills for New Managers short course hosted by Alusani Skills and Training Network.

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With the onset of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the associated technological challenges that will fundamentally shape the way we live, work and relate to each other there is a critical need to re-engineer the way in which we engage with learning and development.

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Working in the field of Education, Training and Development as a practitioner has many notable challenges. One of these factors is the dynamic of working on a contract basis.  For many industry employers, the position of the ETD practitioner is often not one in which they feel comfortable offering permanent positions.

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The world has changed dramatically over the last few weeks. With the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases growing by the hour, governments are taking drastic but necessary steps to slow down the further spread of the virus until a vaccine is produced. 

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Thinking of studying at Unisa? Now is the time to apply for the academic programme of your choice.

According to Unisa's Website, "Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission. This includes first-time Unisa applicants and Unisa students changing to a new qualification."

If you’re looking for funding for your studies, you probably know you need to go through NSFAS if you qualify.

You may be a little confused as to how to apply though, so here’s a quick guide on how to apply for NSFAS online.