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COVID-19: NAVIGATING UNCHARTERED LEGAL TERRITORY

On 18 March 2020, and pursuant to President Ramaphosa’s declaration of a national state of disaster on 15 March 2020, (“the Disaster”), a national lockdown was announced in terms of Regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (“the Regulations”). The impact of the Disaster on citizens, private business and the public sector alike continues to present ongoing challenges. This much is evident from constant amendments to the Regulations in an effort to ameliorate, contain and minimise the effects of the Disaster.

At Malatji & Co, the team is well adjusted to the “business unusual” presented by the Disaster. This adjustment came after a brief, at the time scary, thought of having to practice without the usual physical arsenal that surrounds an attorney and his offices. We are all no doubt in unchartered waters.

As with the rest of the country, we readied ourselves to function optimally for when the lockdown was due to set in. We have taken time to familiarise ourselves with some of the key aspects of the Regulations. In this newsletter, we share with you, our valued clients and key stakeholders, what we believe are the key navigation instruments one needs to charter this unfamiliar territory whether as citizens, owners of businesses, employees, consumers, health care providers or public servants who are charged with overwhelming responsibilities in this difficult time.

Authors

Tebogo Malatji,
Managing Director
tmalatji@mcinc.africa

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