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COVID-19: NAVIGATING UNCHARTERED LEGAL TERRITORY

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...
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DESPERATE TIMES CALL FOR DESPERATE MEASURES

TO QUARANTINE OR NOT TO QUARANTINE CITIZENS There are several media articles which reported that a man from Johannesburg, specifically, Alexandra travelled to Limpopo Province after having been instructed to remain in self-isolation whilst awaiting the results of his Covid-19 test. The results subsequently revealed that the man tested positive for Covid-19. It is under these circumstances that we must...
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Price lockdown – Prohibition against unreasonable price hikes explained

Prohibition against unreasonable price hikes explained On 19 March 2020, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition issued Regulations relating to, amongst others, the prohibition of excessive pricing of essential goods and services (“The Regulations”). These Regulations come against the backdrop of the national lockdown declared by President Ramaphosa to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Subsequent to issuance...
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Covid-19 – Force Majeure: A Tough Time to be a landlord

A Tough Time to be a landlord A number of our commercial and retail property clients report a flurry of notifications received from tenants, both national and independent tenants, notifying landlords that rental payments at the end of April 2020 will either be significantly reduced or not paid at all due to the forced lockdown announced by Government in order...
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Public Procurement in the time of Covid-19

An Exposition of Emergency Procurement Procedures On 18 March 2020, and pursuant to President Ramaphosa’s declaration of a national state of disaster on 15 March 2020, (the Disaster), Regulations were issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (“the Regulations”). Given the Disaster, it is impractical and inappropriate to call for public procurement of goods and...
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COVID-19 – Employment Implications for your Workplace

Employment Implications for your Workplace There is a lot of uncertainty in relation to how Covid-19, the Regulations and Directives published in an effort to prevent the escalation of Covid-19 impact the employer/employee relationship. Below, we consider various scenarios aimed at providing legal clarity on such matters. Employees under Quarantine In circumstances where an employee has been confined to a...
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