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The ASAQS COVID-19 Resource Hub

Sunday, 07 June 2020  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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The latest regulations and notices

Here are links to download the latest gazetted notices:

Gazette 11128 (4 June 2020) (Alert level 3)
Consolidated COVID-19 Direction on Health and Safety in the Workplace

Gazette 43364 (28 May 2020)
Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Determination of Alert Levels and Hotspots

Gazette 43257 (29 April 2020)
Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Covid-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces Covid-19 (C19 OHS), 2020.

Gazette 43258 (29 April 2020) (Alert level 4)
Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Regulations issued in Terms of Section 27 (2) of the Act.

Both revised regulations were published on 29 April 2020


Employers Revival Guide to Alert Level 3 Regulations

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has just published a very handy employer's guidebook.

South Africa will move to Alert Level 3 on 1 June 2020, in terms of which all businesses and other entities may commence operations, barring a few exceptions. The government has recommended that all employees continue to work from home where it remains possible. Where persons over the age of 60 and persons with co-morbidities return to work, employers must take special measures to ensure their safety


Employment Revival Guide: Alert Level 4 Regulations

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has just published a very handy employer's guidebook.

Alert Level 4 of the lockdown is geared toward the revival of economic activities and to allow employees involved in permitted services to resume work under certain conditions. The focus on the workplace is clear from the 29 April 2020 Regulations as they specifically exclude the workplace in the definition of gathering and allow persons who were not at their place of work before the lockdown to return. This revival guide is aimed at assisting employers in the resumption of operations in accordance with the Alert Level 4.

It answers questions such as:
What are the employers’ duties?
Can an employer place a worker who presents symptoms of COVID-19 on sick leave?
What essential and permitted Services are allowed under level 4?
Who does the C19 OHS apply to?
Etc.

Click here to download the guide


Sources of information worth sharing

What am I allowed to do in the area where I live?

Lockdown regulations explained

Lockdown Bozza
https://www.lockdownbozza.co.za/home

This website is best viewed on a mobile device and gives a quick graphic overview of what is allowed in your district under each stage of lockdown.

For instance if you want to know the rules for exercising during level 4, select the area you reside in and click on the Exercise button:
Rules for level 4:
Cycling, running and walking is allowed within 5km radius of your neighbourhood between 6am to 9am
x Organised activities not allowed
x Recreational facilities remain closed
x Gyms are not allowed to open
x Hiking is not allowed (unless within 5km of your home)


What are the COVID-stats in my area?

A REPO AND DASHBOARD FOR COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA
https://bitly.com/covid19za-dash


Dr. Vukosi Marivate - Dept. Computer Science at the University of Pretoria with a few volunteers started a repo to consolidate the numbers that are released by the South African Department of Health [DoH]. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases [NICD] is the source of their COVID-19 [Corona virus] case data. Here you will find the latest data collated per district and province.


What is happening in the rest of the world?
and how does the deaths by COVID-19 compare to other diseases?

Worldometer stats

Worldometer
https://www.worldometers.info/

Answers questions like: "How does the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa compare to the rest of the world?"

Looking at the numbers one realises how inexplicable the spread of this virus is. Thailand is reporting few cases, a low death rate and many days without any new positives, yet Thailand had nearly 7,000 visitors from Wuhan arriving through one of it's airports between 3 and 24 January this year!

Worldometer gathers stats from the WHO and other sources and presents them in a concise manner on their website so that you can, at a glance, see how other numbers stack up on a global scale.

The Worldometer also helps to put things in perspective: