COVID-19
IEC encourages South Africans with disabilities to vote, but apathy is rife

From Daily Maverick: The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has taken progressive measures to work towards ensuring that the voting process becomes more accessible to all South Africans, regardless of their physical abilities.  A national survey conducted by the Southern African Institute of Business Accountants (Saiba) in 2019, found that many voting stations were […]

Can I refuse demands to get a vaccine?

By Hilda Grobler, LexisNexis: Governments worldwide face the same dilemma: Do existing human rights prevent them from compelling their citizens by legislation to be vaccinated? There is much uncertainty as to whether the Directions which were issued in June 2021 entitles South African employers to introduce mandatory vaccination at the workplace as the Bill of […]

6 emerging workplace trends to watch out for

As South Africa faces a lifting of some restrictions following the country’s move to lockdown Level 2, the impact of Covid on workplaces will remain for some time, and is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, regardless of the progress of the pandemic, an expert says. “Covid and lockdowns have fundamentally shifted how we as […]

Reimagining your firm in the wake of Covid-19

Some larger firms have had their best year ever, in part because of reduced overheads, others didn’t survive and went looking for mergers. 2020 was a year like never before, and yet it was a time when when stepped up and managed clients in real time. 2021 is also a year of great challenge, said […]

Can you be mandated by your employer to get vaccinated?

And if you are injured by the vaccine, can you sue your employer? From DearSA. With more than 12.5 million vaccines administered to 9.4 million South Africans as of 30 August 2021, that’s about 16% of the total population. Compare that with United Arab Emirates (76%), Uruguay (72%) or Malta (82%). The Department of Health shows […]

The ‘remote working challenge’ – are you really seeing the other person on the screen?

By Jeff Ryan, MD of AWCape, a Sage Business Partner Now that more businesses are settling into a world where at least some of their people will permanently work from home part or all of the time, the question is how we can maximise the benefits and mitigate the drawbacks. After the rush to enable remote working, […]

Namibia’s ambitious tax relief programme is a game changer

In February this year, Namibia introduced a tax relief programme that gives taxpayers 100% off penalties and 75-95% off interest owing. Saiba’s Namibia representative Lehanna Nel says the tax relief programme is one of several that have yielded good results. “I think that the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRa) is trying to get our taxpayers to […]

Dismissing employees for not observing workplace Covid-19 protocols

By Nivaani Moodley & Shane Johnson from Webber Wentzel Two recent decisions from labour dispute resolution forums have dealt with discipline of employees for failing to observe Covid-19 protocols – one dismissal was found to be fair while the other unfair. Understanding the circumstances and differentiators of these two decisions is important for employers. Employee dismissed for failing to […]

Half of pandemic unemployment money may have been stolen: report

It is interesting to note that South Africa was not alone in having to contend with an army of fraudsters as soon as it became known that the usual tender checks and balances were to be dispensed with in handing out emergency Covid relief and funds for protective personal equipment (PPE). The Special Investigating Unit […]

What you need to know about UIF and Covid-19 Temporary Relief Funds (TERS)

The Unemployment Insurance Fund provides short-term relief for workers who lose their jobs, or are unable to work due to illness, maternity or adoption as stated by the South African Revenue Services (Sars). This short-term relief fund falls under the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 and the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act, 2002. Dependants of the deceased, which […]