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Govt unveils R1.2bn fund to help small-scale farmers

Govt unveils R1.2bn fund to help small-scale farmers Financially distressed small-scale farmers who have an annual turnover of between R20 000 and R1 million will from Wednesday be able to apply for financial assistance from the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to keep their businesses operational during the coronavirus pandemic. The applications will close on Wednesday 22 April. Briefing the media on her department's plans on Monday, Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, described the R1.2 billion in funding as an "intervention package". Vouchers, not cash The funds will be distributed via vouchers, not [...]

Govt unveils R1.2bn fund to help small-scale farmers2020-04-08T12:59:08+02:00

Leave, salaries, and how lockdown has exposed gaps in SA’s labour law

ANALYSIS | Leave, salaries, and how lockdown has exposed gaps in SA's labour law The very foundation of the employment relationship is about the rendering of services by an employee, and payment in return for those services by an employer. The current COVID-19 crisis has caused employees to stop rendering services to their employers. Therefore, the question is whether those affected employers are obliged to pay those employees who are no longer rendering services to them. The answer is simply that the employment relationship becomes suspended.  Simply put, there is an intervening impossibility of performance which leaves both the employer and [...]

Leave, salaries, and how lockdown has exposed gaps in SA’s labour law2020-04-08T10:10:31+02:00

​TOURISM RELIEF FUND OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

​TOURISM RELIEF FUND OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS The Department of Tourism encourages eligible businesses to apply for the COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund during the application period from 07 April to 30 May 2020. Established as an intervention to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector, the R200 million Tourism Relief Fund provides once-off capped grant assistance to Small Micro and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMMEs) to ensure sustainability during and post the implementation of government measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa. “We acknowledge the difficulties experienced by businesses during this time, hence the need to support the [...]

​TOURISM RELIEF FUND OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS2020-04-08T10:12:10+02:00