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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Last night, after postponing multiple times, President Cyril Ramaphosa publicly addressed an anxious nation to highlight the way forward.  Following in the footsteps of other affected countries, the president announced a nationwide lockdown for 21-days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020.

President Ramaphosa has decided that the country must, "Urgently and dramatically escalate the response to the Covid-19 challenge".

"We have learnt that those countries who acted swiftly and dramtically were successful."

Ivan Israelstam explains how a Corona virus KIT of Knowledge, Intelligence, and Teamwork will limit the potential damage not only to physical health, but also the economic health of  workers, employers, and the economy as a whole. 

SA Health Dept

Covid-19 - Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has announced the suspension and postponement of all face-to-face training by the National School of Government (NSG) with immediate effect.

SAA

South African Airways (SAA) announces the suspension of operations, regionally and internationally, in a continued effort to slow the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus in the country.

quarantine sites

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia De Lille says the government has identified 37 sites that can be used as quarantine facilities across several provinces as part of government’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

SA Health

Cooperative governance minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, announced on the 19th of March via social media that new regulations on offences and penalties have been put in place to prevent the further spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus as a result of reckless behaviour.

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 COVID-19, which first emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019, is relentlessly sweeping across the world. Here's how your blood type affects your response and recovery.

Woman wearing a medical mask in the car

Almost immediately after the Covid-19 virus hit SA shores, South Africans began posting on social media. From memes featuring prominent politicians to bad puns, from TikTok video clips to pictures of people posing with silly home-made protective gear, South Africans took to Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook to make fun of the virus. The question is, will this lead to the further spread of misinformation among citizens?

CCMA

The CCMA has released an urgent directive in response to the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa. It highlights the directive issued by the President of the Republic of South Africa, the guidelines for the containment of the Coronavirus in the public service, and the protocols issued by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

Last week, Ivan Israelstam explained the personal reasons employers may have to utilise probation to dismiss employees. This week, Ivan describes the alternative action the employers may take - instead of dismissing the employee, the employee is demoted.  This action, equally as with the dismissals, may run into criticism at the Commission for Conciliation Moderation and Arbitration (CCMA). 

Government is taking urgent and drastic measures to deal with the Coronavirus threat including closing all public schools later this week. Click here for full details on Universities and Colleges

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This week Ivan Israelstam explains why "James Bond" employers, who use probation to simply dismiss employees - whether they have broken rules, or just simply because they are not popular with the boss, will be tripped up at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

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COVID-19 (Coronovirus Disease 2019) has fuelled fear and panic among many people across the globe – often based on misperceptions and unfortunately often against people from Asian descent. 

The retrenchment of a senior management employee will always be a difficult exercise, and all the more reason why the employer should ensure compliance with the Labour Relations Act and Codes of Good Practice, and that the correct procedures are followed. Ivan Israelstam quotes a case where the employer tried to both retrench and disciplline a senior employee.

Women in business often underestimate the value their contribution has towards shaping the future of the South African Economy.

This week Ivan Israelstam explains what it means when the Employment Equity Act requires that employers should not unfairly discriminate. Examples and cases are used to illustrate how important it is for employers to understand exactly what would constitute unfair discrimination. 

Disciplinary hearings are often held in an emotional environmental, which can lead to decisions being taken - without consideration of all the circumstances.  This week Ivan Israelstam explains exactly what are extenuating circumstances, and answers the question - how important are they to the dismissal decision? 

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