Premier David Makhura engagement with the business community

Download here: Engagement with the Premier of Gauteng Province

Dear Member,

As the country is assessing its readiness to go down to lockdown level 3, Gauteng Province’s Premier David Makhura would like to engage the business community about the state of readiness. 

Attached is a document pertaining to this engagement.

Kind Regards

  •      Tshidi Ndebele
  •      SACCI Communications
  •      South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI)
  •     Tel: +27 11 446 3800
  •     Cell: 076 935 5681
  •     Fax: 086 549 2662
  •     Email:

DTIC COVID-19 Export Impact Survey: Wave 2

Dear Member,

The Department of Trade, Industry & Competition is conducting a COVID0-19 Export Impact Survey to identify emerging challenges faced by exporters as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, policy responses to the pandemic, and the subsequent economic slowdown. The questionnaire consists of five sections, and should take less than fifteen minutes to complete. All responses to the questionnaire will be kept anonymous, and reporting will only be provided on the summary results of all respondents.

This is the second wave of the survey conducted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and serves as an opportunity for firms to provide feedback on operations under Level 4 regulations. 

The survey may be accessed at

Please distribute as widely as possible with your members, entities and associations to ensure a wide-ranging and comprehensive response to the survey.

Any members with any queries in this regard are requested to please submit them to Nozizwe Ndhlovu (

Kind Regards

     Tshidi Ndebele

     SACCI Communications

     South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI)

    Tel: +27 11 446 3800

    Cell: 076 935 5681

    Fax: 086 549 2662



SACCI New Office Address: 18 Hurlingham Road, Illovo


From: Eric Nwedo []
Sent: 23 April 2020 07:06 PM
To: West Rand Chamber
Cc: Eric Nwedo

Hi Delia,

I trust that this email finds you well. Long time indeed…!

We are facing very difficult times with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Are there any issues that you are aware of and/or concerns regarding UIF COVID-19 TERS Benefit scheme? If so, please send me an email by tomorrow 13h00pm so I can raise them at the UIF Board meeting to be held tomorrow evening. 

Also, if things are going okay amongst WRCBT members please let me know. Thanks.

Best regards:)

Eric Nwedo
Advocate of the High Court of South Africa
AFSA Accredited Mediator
Group One Advocates Chambers
3rd Floor, 2 Pybus Road
Cell: 078 803 9570

Further Tax Measurers

Read More : Media statement – Further tax measures to combat COVID-19


Help lines
Please can we start communicating these important numbers on our platforms as per Minister’s directive.

GBV Command Centre: 0800 428 428 / *120*7867# from any cell phone
Persons with disabilities, SMS ‘help’ to 31531
Women Abuse Helpline: 0800 150 150
Child line: 0800 055 555
SAPS Crime Stop: 0860 10111 / SMS Crime Line: 32211
GBVF-related service complaints (SAPS): 0800 333 177/
National AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322
National Human Trafficking Helpline: 0800 222 777
Suicide Helpline: 0800 567 567
National Department of Health:
National Institute of Communicable Diseases:
World Health Organisation:
Coronavirus Hotline: 0800 029 999


As a matter of urgency, please assist with accommodation for our workforce of around 210 employees in and around Krugersdorp.

Please also advise with regard to a Bus service that will assist to transport our employees to and from work on a 2 twelve hour shift rotation basis to Krugersdorp West.

Leon Olivier
Majesty Oil Mills (Pty) Ltd
Street Address: 6 Mould Street, Boltonia, Krugersdorp West, 1739
Tel: +27 (0) 11 660 7074



The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ebrahim Patel has announced that all businesses that will be allowed to provide essential services are required to seek approval from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) in order for them to trade during the period of the lockdown in terms of the regulations published today by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Ms Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in Regulation Gazette No. 11062

Such businesses are required to apply to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) Bizportal website at and obtain a certificate from the Commission that allows them to continue trading. The Bizportal website will contain a menu icon listed as “Essential Service Businesses” through which an application can be made to the CIPC.

The application will be a simple declaration requiring minimal registration details, type of business/trade involved in, what trading name if any is used an d whether it meets the requirements contained in the essential services list, the contact details of the person applying as well as the number of employees that will be working during the lockdown period.

The CIPC registry will then pre-populate the remaining company information and email a certificate stating that the business is allowed to remain trading.

The certificate can then be used as evidence to authorities requiring same that indeed the business has been given government permission to trade and that its employees are able to have unrestricted movement ONLY in the course of that trade.

It should be stressed and noted that if you make a false application to the CIPC, and are indeed not an essential service as per the government regulations, such will be taken as a fraudulent application and will render yourself as applicant liable to criminal prosecution and sanction.

This service will be available tomorrow morning 26 March 2020 at the start of business trading hours.

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774
Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
Follow us on Twitter: @the_dti

Lockdown arrangements

The last day to prepare for the lockdown COVID19 has arrived. By this time
next week we will all have become used to the restrictions and by then we as
Super Resilient South Africans will have adjusted to the strict rules and
will have settled down to the necessity of this tumultuous time in our
history. Not easy - but realising that it has to be done for the sake of our
own lives and those dear to us!

We - and the Chamber movement generally - have not been fully informed by
the Government - I believe that they are also still working through this
minefield of regulations and doing what needs to be done - that which has
never before been done in South Africa. Let us all help to make this work -
despite the very serious financial and other demands made on Business and
Workers alike.

What has become clear is that the number of exemptions are very limited and
will only apply to critically important suppliers and then only for supplies
that are required in the execution of those activities that have been
determined. As a simple example coal will only be allowed to be mined in so
far as it is required to generate electricity and supermarkets will only be
allowed to sell items on the list of food items. Items such as electrical
appliances and garden tools etc will not be allowed to be sold.
Provision has been made in Government Gazette R 398 for permits to perform
essential services - If you need to deliver goods or you are of the opinion
that staff should come to your premises to perform duties that comply with
the list of Critical Services and goods, issue your driver or staff member
with a copy of the Form 1 in Annexure C of the Gazette (attached hereto)
signed by your CEO or Managing Director that certifies that you manufacture
goods or supply services that are necessary for the provision of the list of
Critical Services - and define the goods in your letter.

Our offices will close but the critical staff will remain on duty off-site
and our e-mails, whatsapps and SMSs will be responded to. Our Telkom numbers
will also be redirected to cellphone numbers and we will be available 24/7
whilst this lockdown is in force to issue export documentation and for any
other assistance required by members.

We enclose herewith all the official press releases and Governement Gazettes
that have been issued.

Finally may we wish you all well - wash your hands regularly and keep a safe
distance from all that you need to communicate with.



Media Statements: Ministry of Small Business Development and Ministry of Health.

Please see media statements released yesterday by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Small Business Development for your information.

DSBD Media Statement 24 March 2020.

Final Media Statement.

Covid-19 Exemption Block

The block exemption for the healthcare sector in terms of the Competition Act published today.