Corona updates Breede River Valley

Important Links:

Information Resources

How can I find out more about the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits that will be made available to companies in distress?

Supporting Documentation for the UIF Benefits for companies in distress:
DOWNLOAD: UIF how to claim?
DOWNLOAD: UIF Employer Letter Covid19
DOWNLOAD:
UIF Employee Letter Covid19 
DOWNLOAD: UIF Easy Aid for Corona Benefits
DOWNLOAD: Temporary Employer or Employee Relief Scheme – Easy Aid

DOWNLOAD: DSBD Covid-19 relief funding application form – (Editable PDF)

READ: UNWTO Launches a Call for Action for Tourism’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery
READ: Vinpro update on COVID-19 II Feedback on discussions with Government (Vir Afrikaans) 
READ: Nationwide Lockdown From 26 March 2020 – Tourism Highlights 
READ: Essential services to remain in place as SA enters lockdown
READ: Critical Business Continuity Services in the Event during Covid19 Response 
READ: Statement issued by Ministry of Tourism COVID-19 Interventions for the Tourism Sector

DOWNLOAD: COVID-19 SMME EMERGENCY FUNDING PACKAGE
DOWNLOAD: TEMPORARY EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE RELIEF SCHEME
DOWNLOAD: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ): Covid-19 in Agriculture
DOWNLOAD: COVID-19 SMME RELIEF COMMON TEMPLATE
DOWNLOAD: DTI INCENTIVE SCHEME CONTACT INFORMATION
Above is a list of contact information (as received from the DTI) for fifteen DTI incentive scheme programs which can be used by prospective applicants and current approved beneficiaries.

DOWNLOAD: Temporary Employer or Employee Relief Scheme – Easy Aid
DOWNLOAD: UIF Easy Aid for Corona Benefits 
DOWNLOAD: UIF Employee Letter-Covid19 
DOWNLOAD: How to claim? 
DOWNLOAD: Easy Aid (UIF) Guide for Employers 
DOWNLOAD: Lockdown 21 Days Measures 
DOWNLOAD: Inbound tourism suggestions for COVID-19 industry stimulus package 

LAAI AF: Agri SA wenke vir ʼn veilige werksplek gedurende COVID-19 

DOWNLOAD: Agbiz Guidelines: Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 
DOWNLOAD: A safe workplace during COVID-19 (English)
DOWNLOAD: Frequently asked coronavirus outbreak travel questions, answered for you and your clients.
DOWNLOAD: How do I protect myself?
DOWNLOAD: Coronavirus and your Winery?
DOWNLOAD: The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) has compiled a list of key guidelines for use by the accommodation and hospitality establishments around the country.
DOWNLOAD:
Coronavirus effect on the workplace and your business.
DOWNLOAD: Tourist in Distress Program 

VINPRO MEDIA RELEASE – 5 MAY 2020

SA WINE HARVEST REPORT 2020: GREAT SEASON, REMARKABLE WINES

South Africa’s 2020 wine grape crop will bring exceptional wines to consumers, following favourable conditions throughout the season. This according to the South African wine industry’s annual Wine Harvest Report 2020.

The 2020 wine grape crop is estimated at 1 349 883 tonnes, according to the latest estimate of industry body SAWIS (South African Wine Industry Information & Systems) on 24 April 2020. It is 8.2% larger than the 2019 harvest.

READ THE MEDIA RELEASE
DOWNLOAD THE FULL HARVEST REPORT

CONDITIONS FOR LOCAL LIQUOR SALES FROM 1 JUNE 2020

 
We are grateful to convey that the industry may resume the domestic sale of liquor products for off-consumption by licensed vendors from 1 June 2020, when the country moves to alert level 3 of the COVID-19 Risk Adjusted Strategy, within strict guidelines.
 
This according to the announcement by Minister Dlamini-Zuma of the Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), as well as the latest regulations published in the Government Gazette this afternoon.
 
View the full regulations here.
 
In essence, the following applies:
 

  • The sale of liquor at any off-consumption licensed premises is permitted from Monday to Thursday, between 09:00 and 17:00, with distributors permitted to start with transportation and delivery of liquor from 29 May 2020 – subject to directives which may still be issued by the relevant Cabinet Minister. 
  • In terms of the regulations, any business with a liquor licence from the National or a Provincial Liquor Authority will be permitted to sell liquor for off-site consumption.
  • Weekend sales of liquor, including public holidays, will remain explicitly prohibited.
  • Online sales of liquor are allowed, but liquor delivery will have to be between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Thursday.
  • Inspection, certification and related services (SAWIS & DALRRD) to support the wine industry during alert level 3. Read more.
  • It also needs to be emphasised that the relevant health protocols and social distancing measures must be adhered to at all times. The following Health and Safety Protocols have been designed and we trust all entities to please implement and execute accordingly.

 
We realise that there might still be a number of areas that need clarification, including the specific directions by the relevant Cabinet member mentioned above. Our team is currently seeking clarification on specific details and will communicate this via a Q&A once we have final confirmation.
 
In the interim, let’s celebrate the fact that our industry will finally be able to resume local trade as a next step towards rebuilding our industry following the COVID-19 pandemic.

VINPRO UPDATE: LOCKDOWN #12 (17 APRIL 2020)

GOVT DELIBERATIONS, TRANSPORT, FARM VISITS & SAWIS ACTIVITIES

Without underestimating the daily dose of information and COVID-19 regulations hitting the desks and lives of our members (producers and wineries), we really want to applaud and commend you in the way you are taking ownership and stepping up to the plate. A huge thank you, it is much appreciated.
 
We are operating in trying times. Please allow us to leave the following in your midst:

DELIBERATIONS WITH GOVERNMENT

The wine industry’s Export Task Team has after the unexpected announcement yesterday that the transport of wine to port is no longer allowed, initiated urgent discussions with relevant National and Provincial Government Departments and related parties. This in an effort to obtain clarity and to ensure that a balance is struck between the safety of people and essential commerce.
 
These deliberations will continue over the weekend and we will keep you informed as new information becomes available with tangible outcomes.   

TRANSPORT MEASURES (CIPC)

Please continue to practice due care with regard to health and safety measures when transporting agri-workers. The SAPS and other law-officials are strict in this regard.
 
When you and/or members of your business are travelling, please make sure that everyone has a legal permit, ID-document and that the driver has a CIPC-certificate.
 
Note companies registered to perform essential services during the nationwide lockdown will need new certificates for the extended period from 17 to 30 April 2020.
 
The certificate will be sent via email to companies who registered prior to the extension using the details provided at the time of registration, from 17 April and continuing into the weekend. It will also be available for download. Certificates issued before 17 April will no longer be valid and must be disposed of, and new certificates need to be displayed from start of business on Monday, 20 April 2020.
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FARM VISITS

The majority of our members are operating in line with ethical codes (e g WIETA, SIZA, Fairtrade) and we have reason to believe that the principles will be executed accordingly.
 
However, inspectors of the Department of Employment and Labour (DoEL) are making unannounced visits and we trust these visits will be conducted in the same spirit as portrayed in the statement of the President (23/03/2020) – to be courageous, to be patient and above all, to show compassion.

SAWIS OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES

SAWIS will continue to draw samples of market-ready wine, destined for the export market, for analysis purposes as part of the industry’s harvesting and storage activities. Refer to the wine export Q&A and SAWIS directive in this regard. As the situation remains fluid, SAWIS will continue to deliberate on these matters in collaboration with the Export Task Team and the Wine and Spirit Board and communicate any changes to the working procedures.
 
We will keep you updated on any further developments as they unfold.
 


VINPRO UPDATE: LOCKDOWN #11 (16 APRIL 2020)

CESSATION OF THE EXPORT OF FINISHED WINE

Following today’s media briefing and also referring to the Government Notice (16 April 2020) – amendment of regulation 8 of the regulations with heading, “Limitation on the sale, dispensing or transportation of liquor” – it is our understanding that the initial sub-regulations (Government Gazette Volume 654, Number 43107), have been amended, by the addition of sub-regulation (6).

In addition to this in a press release from the office of Minister Fikile Mbalula, confirmation that the transport of all alcohol products and the cessation of the transport of wine for export purposes is concluded.

As an industry task team, we are deeply disappointed and shocked at this sudden change of direction, following extensive lobbying with various government agencies to relax the lockdown measures pertaining to the export and sale of alcohol. The livelihood and long-term future of our industry is in grave danger and therefore we will explore all avenues in this regard.

We endeavour to keep all our members informed as further information becomes available and implore each and every one of you to adhere to the newly imposed measures.

For feedback or more information, contact: 
Wines of South Africa
maryna@wosa.co.za 
Vinpro
wanda@wineland.co.za 

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UIF TERS Application Assistance

As communicated late last week, the TBCSA has signed an agreement with the Department of Labour and the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to expedite the payments of benefits to employees affected by COVID-19 during South Africa’s national lockdown.
 
The COVID-19 UIF Beneficiary Process – Temporary Employers Relief Scheme (TERS)

  • The benefit is only available where an Employer is registered with UIF
  • The benefit is available to Employees who are laid off as a result of COVID-19 and do not receive a salary or are receiving a reduced salary. In other words, an Employer could top-up an Employee’s salary
  • The benefit is available where an Employer has closed the whole or part of its business for a period of three months or less as a result of COVID-19
  • The application process provides an election as to whether the benefit is paid directly to Employees or Employers
  • The UIF will take up to 48 hours to verify information after receiving each application. On approval of the application, the UIF will take an additional 48 hours to disburse the COVID-19 benefit to Employees or Employers. All fully compliant applications will be completed and paid within 10 days (maximum) 
  • The UIF will calculate the benefit as per the directive namely:
    • On a sliding scale starting at 38% of the maximum threshold of R17,712.00 (or R6,730.56) to 60% of an employee’s salary
    • If the employee’s benefit determined in terms of the income replacement sliding scale falls below the minimum wage of R3,500.00, the employee will be paid a benefit equal to that minimum wage
    • In other words, the most an employee will receive is the amount of R6,730.56 for those employees earning equal to or above the maximum threshold of R17,712.00. Employees earning less than this maximum threshold will earn, on a sliding scale, an amount down to the minimum being the national minimum wage of R3,500.00
  • Opening of a special account is only applicable to Bargaining Councils as they represent multiple employers
  • Annual leave does not accrue where an employee is laid off
  • The Termination Date required to be provided as part of the application process is the last date for which the employee was paid. The earliest Termination Date is 25 March 2020, the date on which the Scheme was promulgated

Who Can Submit a Claim?

  • Employers on behalf of their employees
  • Associations on behalf of their members

The Process to Claim UIF

Step 1: Key Documents Required

Download, complete and convert Attachment 1 = National Disaster Payment Excel Template. Click here

    • This is a prescribed template that will require critical information from the employer. Employees bank details are needed here
    • Prepare and complete your list of all employees with all mandatory information as per the template
    • Use Attachment 2 – Guidelines To Convert Excel to CSV (please click here) to convert the template. This is required by UIF
    • Refer to Attachment 3 (please click here) to view a sample of what we need as a final CSV file
  • The Employer applying must complete Attachment 4 = Account Information. Click here.
  • Complete the MOA which is an agreement between UIF, Bargaining Council and Employer. Please note that this is only applicable to employers that have more than 10 employees. Please click here.  
  • Confirmation of bank account details for Covid19ters in the form latest bank confirmation letter (no need to certify)
  • Completed and signed Letter of Undertaking. Please click here.

 
**All documents submitted will be subjected to verification.
 
Step 2: Submission Process

All documents as required to be submitted to UIF via the dedicated mailbox Covid19UIFclaims@labour.gov.za. Please cc Lebo@satsa.co.za when you submit so that we can also keep track on your behalf

  • Should you wish for SATSA to submit on your behalf, please email all the required documents to Lebo@satsa.co.za
  • Total of 5 documents (including the MOA if more than 10 employees) or 4 documents (excluding the MOA if under 10 employees)
    • To complete the MOA, add your company name on page 1 (under employer), initial each page and sign in full at the end (under UI Commissioner and Chief Director Signatures – add name)
  • If you are submitting directly you MUST also lodge your application details on the following link in order for TBCSA to monitor progress with UIF. It is critical that they add this for tracking: https://covid19ters.typeform.com/to/ID2B0H.
  • If you are applying through SATSA, we will keep a log and submit to TBCSA  

 Step 3: Conclusion

The UIF Covid19 system will attend to all application and thereafter send you an approval or rejection letter

The TBCSA and Department of Labour/UIF will have meetings every 5 days to monitor the progress of applications and payments to beneficiaries.
 
Just a reminder to please ensure you log all applications after submission to UIF on this TBCSA link:  https://covid19ters.typeform.com/to/ID2B0H
 
If you have any questions or need further clarity on the above, please do not hesitate to contact me on Hannelie@satsa.co.za

VINPRO UPDATE: LOCKDOWN #10 13 APRIL 2020

STATUS UPDATE ON WINE INDUSTRY ACTIVITIES

Since our previous communication (Update on COVID-19 Lockdown #9 and WoSA Q&A, 9 April 2020) South Africa’s lockdown period has been extended to 30 April 2020, and we would like to keep you updated on the latest developments.
 
In the SA wine industry update: COVID-19 lockdown #10, read more about:

  • Lockdown extension – latest status
  • Wine exports – application to allow bottling, packaging and related essential services
  • Local market trade – application to trade alcoholic beverages under strict conditions
  • TPT (Transnet port terminals) and importer SOP
  • Wine grape farming protocol – essential activities
  • Economic relief 
  • Call to support the Stay at Home Campaign
  • Interesting articles to reflect on …

DOWNLOAD THE PDF
READ ONLINE
 
We would like to thank you for the positive way in which you are adapting to these challenging circumstances and would like to once again call on each person and business operating in the SA wine industry to be responsible in their actions and messaging throughout the lockdown period and beyond. Together we will endure.
 
We will keep you updated on any further developments as they unfold.

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Industrywide COVID-19 impact survey – we need your voice

SATSA has joined forces with International Finance Corporation (IFC), Department of Tourism (including all provincial and national tourism entities) and TBCSA, to collaborate on one survey gauging the impact of COVID-19 on the entire tourism industry. 

We appreciate this is a difficult time for tourism and that you are under considerable stress. However, we need to understand fully the depth and breadth of the impact, how effective support has been, and what kind of help is still required.

The survey, which will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete, will be run three times over the next 12 months so that we can track the changes to your business over time. Results from this survey will be aggregated and anonymised so that your data cannot be attributed to your individual business. 

The results will be published and shared widely with key decision-makers in government, financial institutions and development partners.

Click here to start the Survey

For this initial round the link will be live until 16 April, please complete before then. 

We hope this will be useful to all of us and appreciate your participation.

COVID-19: SATSA’s daily round-up – 9 April 2020

A bit of good news to start the long weekend with.
 
We have just been informed that the TBCSA has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Employment and Labour and the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to expedite the payments of benefits to employees affected by COVID-19 during South Africa’s 21-day national lockdown.
 
The agreement allows for the various associations to submit claims on behalf of their members or for the employers to submit on behalf of their employees with the associations then tracking the claims.
 
All fully compliant applications will be completed and paid within 10 days (maximum). Employee benefits will be paid for the duration of the national lockdown (this may be extended).
 
The UIF will calculate the benefit as per the directive namely:

  1. 38%-60% in terms of income replacement sliding scale contained in the Act; or
  2. If the employee’s benefit determined in terms of the income replacement sliding scale falls below the minimum wage for the sector, the employee will be paid a benefit equals to that minimum wage
  3. The employees’ remuneration up to a maximum of R17,712.00 is taken into account in determining the benefit

We will be working through the steps and processes we need to take over the weekend and will be communicating full details of the application process to you early next week.
 
Have a Good Friday!

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Western Cape Covid-19 Support Finder for business has launched! CRM:0085016

Dear Tourism partners

To assist businesses find and apply for the financial support that is available to the them, the Western Cape Government, City of Cape Town and Wesgro have today launched a fund location tool for businesses in the Western Cape.

The online tool asks the user five easy questions; ranks the answers against  pre-determined criteria as stipulated by the various relief measures and provides a list of relief measures the business may be applicable for.

The process takes under a minute:   www.supportbusiness.co.za/covid-19-support-finder

Any business in the Western Cape who needs support and advice can contact the COVID-19 Contact Centre at:  supportbusiness@wesgro.co.za

For more information visit www.supportbusiness.co.za

Agri SA survey: impact of lockdown on business

Agri SA is conducting a survey on the impact of the lockdown on business during the global COVID-19 pandemic and requirements for re-opening. We would like to call on each of our cellar members to participate to ensure that the wine industry’s realities is also conveyed.
 
Please complete Agri SA’s online questionnaire on the impact of the lockdown on business and requirements for re-opening, by following this link:

 
Background:
The aim of this questionnaire is to indicate the impact of the lockdown on production, in collaboration with Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and BUSA.  Agri SA will receive the responses to this questionnaire and will forward the collated responses to BUSA. The results will be used to identify ways to reduce the costs and maximize the benefits of restrictions on economic activity that result from efforts to fight the pandemic.
 
Please answer as fully as you can; feel free to add comment on any of the questions. If the questions are unclear, please contact Neva Makgetla at 079 516 0450 or neva@tips.org.za. Information will only be published or included in documentation in an anonymous form, where the company cannot be identified, unless you indicate otherwise.
 
We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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VINPRO UPDATE: COVID-19 LOCKDOWN #9 9 APRIL 2020

Q&A ON WINE EXPORTS

The South African wine industry’s Exporters Task Team would like to provide clarity on details regarding the exemption provided by the South African Government to allow exports of wine as per the Government Gazette that was published on 7 April 2020.

It is our interpretation, as industry, that permission has been granted for finished wine product (in bulk and packaged format) that is currently in port or to be transported from cellars and warehouses to ports or airports for the purpose of export.

Read more in the COVID-19 Q&A: Wine exports here:
Download PDF
Read online

We would like to re-emphasise the severity of the global Covid-19 pandemic and ask that every business and person in our industry strictly adhere to the regulations as set out by the South African Government and take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their employees during the 21 day lockdown.

To this end, please also familiarise yourself with the loading procedures in warehouses and the preventative measures, from both a packaged and bulk perspective, which is included in the Q&A.

We would like to thank you for the positive feedback thus far. Should you have any further enquiries, kindly direct them to the contact details below.

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SEDA Finance Relief Application

DOWNLOAD: COVID-19 Finance Relief Application

Applications can be sent to the following email addresses.  

  1. For Business Growth/Resilience facility: izgrowth@sefa.org.za
  2. For Debt Relief Finance: smmerelief@sefa.org.za
  3. For more information, please contact Basil Nefdt at 022 713 4405 / 022 713 3432

VINPRO UPDATE: COVID-19 LOCKDOWN #7 (7 APRIL 2020)

DISPENSATION TO ALLOW THE EXPORT OF SOUTH AFRICAN WINE

Following the release of the latest Government Gazette this afternoon, the South African wine industry would like to share a joint letter which will provide our members with some clarity pertaining to the exemptions mentioned therein.
 
Please also familiarise yourself with the loading procedures in warehouses and the preventative measures, from both a packaged and bulk perspective, which are included in the letter.
 
The Task Team will meet again tomorrow to gain clarity on certain further aspects as outlined in the abovementioned feedback document, and will communicate this to you as soon as more information is available.
 
We would furthermore like to take this opportunity to thank the Exporters Task Team for their hard work and diligence in getting to this stage and also to the respective government bodies who have taken the time to review our case and committed to the exemption. 
 
We would like to re-emphasise the severity of the global Covid-19 pandemic and ask that every business and person in our industry strictly adhere to the regulations as set out by the South African Government and take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their employees during the 21 day lockdown.

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VINPRO NEWS: COVID-19 LOCKDOWN #6 (7 APRIL 2020)

SOUTH AFRICAN WINE EXPORTS PERMITTED

The South African wine industry has received permission to export its products, following intensive lobbying by an Industry Exporters Task Team with Government on the matter over the past week.

On Tuesday afternoon, 7 April 2020, the Minister of Transport gazetted new Directions under the lockdown Regulations to expressly permit the export of wines and other fresh produce products.

The regulations stipulate that wines are permitted to be exported and agricultural cargo to be moved to sea ports and international airports for export.

The Minister of Transport has permitted the following expressly:
“During the lockdown period, the transportation of the wines and any other fresh produce products at the sea ports and international Airports Designated as Port of Entry for export is allowed”

The notice also stated the following:
“Agricultural Cargo is allowed to be transported to sea ports and International Airports Designated as Ports of Entry and exported to the relevant destination”

Download the latest Government Gazette:
Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 – Sea ports 7 April 2020

The Exporters Task Team is still taking all aspects in the Gazette into consideration and will meet soon to discuss and communicate all relevant operational activities.

The South African wine industry is truly grateful to Government and all the respective role-players for showing an understanding for the industry’s challenges through this concession, as nearly half of South Africa’s wine production is exported and a restriction on exports would have a severe effect on wine-related businesses, but most importantly the livelihood of close to 300 000 people employed by the wine industry value-chain.

The latest decision by Government follows on an earlier concession for the wine industry to complete harvesting and processing activities to prevent wastage during the 21 day lockdown.

Amidst the excitement from the industry about these concessions, we need to reiterate that with this concession comes a great responsibility to keep our employees safe during this time.

We will keep you informed of any further developments as they unfold.

Besoek ook die WineLand Media COVID-19 portaal by
https://www.wineland.co.za/covid-19-info/.

Applications for the Tourism Relief Fund is Open

We are happy to announce that the Tourism Relief Fund is officially open for applications.
 
As per Department of Tourism – The Tourism Relief Fund provides once-off capped grant assistance to Small Micro and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in the tourism value chain to ensure their sustainability during and post the implementation of government measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.
 
Capped at R50 000 per entity, grant funding can be utilised to subsidise expenses towards fixed costs, operational costs, supplies and other pressure cost items.
 
Guided by the Tourism Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practices approved by the Minister of Trade and Industries in 2015 (in line with the BBBEE Act No.53 of 2003), the Tourism Relief Fund is administered in line with the objectives of Economic Transformation, and the vision to ensure sustainable and inclusive tourism development.
 
Categories eligible to apply for the Tourism Relief Fund include the following:​

  • Accommodation establishments: Hotels, Lodges, Bed and Breakfast (B&B’s), Guest Houses and Backpackers.
  • Hospitality and related services: Restaurants (not attached to hotels); Conference venues (not attached to hotels); Professional catering; and Attractions
  • Travel and related services: Tour operators; Travel agents; Tourist guiding; Car rental companies; and Coach Operators.

To access further information on funding criteria and the application process click here.
 
Apply for funding: Online application form​
 
Frequently Asked Questions​ about the Fund
 
Example of Tourism Relief Fund Agreement between the Department and the Beneficiary
 
For enquiries: ​covidrelief@tourism.gov.za

VINPRO UPDATE: COVID-19 LOCKDOWN #5 6 APRIL 2020

STATUS UPDATE ON EXPORTS AND PORTS 

Following our previous communication (Update on COVID-19 Lockdown #4 and WoSA Info Bulletin No. 443) relating to the South African wine industry’s request to Government to declare wine exports essential, we would like to provide an update.

Read the SA wine industry update: COVID-19 lockdown #5 – Status of exports and ports for an overview of actions to date, outcomes and next steps with regard to exporting wine, as well as port capacity and restrictions.

We undertake to communicate further developments as they unfold.

Also visit the WineLand Media COVID-19 portal at
https://www.wineland.co.za/covid-19-info/.

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Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde – Community screening commences today

Case update:

As at 00h01 on 04 April 2020, the Western Cape had recorded 446 Covid-19 infections.  

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

 

Sub-district

Cases

Western

130

Southern

116

Northern

24

Tygerberg

34

Eastern

19

Klipfontein

15

Mitchells Plain

7

Khayelitsha

2

Total

347

 

Sub Districts Non-Metro:

 

District

 Sub-district

Cases

Garden Route

Bitou

5

Garden Route

Knysna

10

Garden Route

George

12

Garden Route

Hessequa

5

Garden Route

Mossel Bay

11

Garden Route

Oudtshoorn

2

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

16

Cape Winelands

Drakenstein

6

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

5

Cape Winelands

Langeberg

1

Overberg

Overstrand

9

Overberg

Theewaterskloof

1

West Coast

Saldanha Bay

1

West Coast

Swartland

2

Unallocated: 13

As at 12h00 on 04 April 2020, we have 23 people admitted to hospital for Covid-19, with nine receiving care in ICU.

As we start to see an increase in local transmission cases, we expect to experience additional pressure on our health facilities and health workers.

We again urge all our residents to stay home and abide by the lock-down. By doing this, you can help flatten the curve, and save many lives.

If you are feeling sick, it is important that you stay home and call our hotline (021 928 4102) for advice on what to do next.

If you have any difficulty breathing, you must seek urgent healthcare immediately.

Community screening starts today

In my update yesterday, I announced that the Western Cape Department of Health has identified seven areas where community screening will be conducted.

I can confirm that in fact community screening has already begun today in Happy Valley and Ilitha Park. Credit must be given to the teams at the Department of Health who are implementing this programme so quickly.

Community screening is still scheduled to commence in the following Cape Town Metro sub-districts, and in some areas, we’ve already begun loud hailing operations to make the communities aware:

  • Khayelitsha: Town2 (Monday)
  • Western: Bo-Kaap (Tuesday)
  • Tygerberg: Bishop Lavis (Monday)
  • Klipfontein: Philippi (Monday)

And, in the non-rural districts:

  • Kwanonqaba, Mossel Bay (Monday)
  • Mbekweni, Cape Winelands (Monday)

A reminder that our community healthcare workers will be identifiable by their uniforms and ID cards, and members of the public are advised to request the person’s credentials as part of rigorous safety precautions. We urge community members to welcome the Community Health Workers and to co-operate with them.

President’s Coordinating Council (PCC)

I participated in the President’s Coordinating Council today. I used the opportunity to commit the Western Cape Government to our country’s number one priority: to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and save lives. 

During my presentation, I also used the opportunity to raise concerns regarding incidents of police brutality. These incidents must be condemned, and we urge all those with complaints to please report these to IPID as soon as possible.

On the discussion on regulations, I requested a common-sense approach that would allow, for example, equipment needed for e-learning for students to be purchased during the lockdown. Ensuring that learning continues for our children is a top priority of the Western Cape Government. 

We have officially sent a list of issues that would require clarification to Minister Dlamini-Zuma, and we are looking forward to further discussions so that clarity can be provided.

First repatriation flight for foreign nationals

Thanks to the considerable efforts of the Provincial Joint Operations Centre (JOC), the first repatriation flight for foreign nationals departed from Cape Town International Airport yesterday (03 April 2020) afternoon.

This first flight saw 277 citizens from Germany, who were unable to leave before the lockdown, depart for Frankfurt.  A second flight to Munich will be departing today. 

We are incredibly grateful to all those in provincial and national government who assisted, as well as the teams at Cape Town stadium, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), the German Consulate in Cape Town and the South African Police Service (SAPS) whose involvement ensured the success of this repatriation project.

For the latest news and information on the Coronavirus in the Western Cape visit: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/department-of-health/coronavirus


Media Queries: Francine Higham  Email: francine.higham@westerncape.gov.za

Media Release: Comment by Premier Alan Winde on regulations around essential goods (3 April 2020)

There has been a lot of debate online about how regulations, especially relating to what you can buy at the shops, are being interpreted. I want to make something very clear: All of us have one clear objective in mind – and one only: to stop the spread of COVID-19, and to collectively, as a country, help save lives.

We know that the regulations were created for this reason. And any clarifications or updates to them – which, considering how quickly we moved into Lockdown is entirely normal – needs to be done with that ultimate aim in mind – to continue keeping us all safe.

I also want to emphasise this, because it wasn’t reported correctly:

The Western Cape Government does not have the power to change regulations. From the outset we have shown our full support to President Ramaphosa for the lock-down and we are doing everything we can to help ensure these regulations are enforced.

The regulations are however at times vague, and residents across the province are confused about what it means for them.

We have tried to help with this interpretation, after consulting our legal team, and SAPS. We have done this only to provide the clarity many people need – so that they can abide by regulations properly. Everyone wants to play their part.

This requires common sense but also an understanding of the objective of the regulations: to keep people from gathering and spreading the virus.

I see the debate has largely centred on cigarette sales. But this is actually only one of many questions we sought advice on from SAPS.

For example, can you buy a data dongle so you can access e-learning resources? Can learners buy notebooks and pens to study? This is so important for our learners right now who need an education while our schools are closed.

There are many more.

I take cooperating with national government towards achieving our goal of beating COVID-19 very seriously. I therefore called President Cyril Ramaphosa this morning to make clear that our concerns relate to the proper interpretation of the regulations, which are at times vague. Together with the national government, we want to apply a common sense approach to them that stops the spread, but also assists us with things like e-learning, for example.

The President has agreed that we can submit a list of these issues that require clarification to the Minister of Cooperative Governance today, and that a special President’s Coordinating Council will be called tomorrow to discuss regulations in particular.

I thank the President for his willingness to help us and our residents get the clarity they need.Our number one objective as a province is to stop the spread of COVID-19, and I look forward to meeting with Minister Mkhize today, and the President tomorrow to strengthen our collaboration.

Minister Mkhize and I will make statements following our meeting, during a Facebook Live session at 1pm. 

The Facebook Live can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/windealan/

Issued By Western Cape Government: www.westerncape.gov.za

VINPRO MEDIA RELEASE: 

South Africa expects exceptional 2020 vintage despite COVID-19 lockdown – 3 April 2020 

South Africa’s 2020 wine grape crop is expected to yield exceptional wines.

The industry is busy harvesting the last few thousand tonnes across eight of its 10 wine regions, thanks to a last-minute concession from the South African Government to continue harvest and winemaking activities during the country’s COVID-19 lockdown from 26 March until 16 April 2020.

“As an industry, we have always remained positive, and will continue to do so, despite our current challenges,” reads a joint media release by Vinpro, WoSA and SAWIS.

Read the media release  {Vir Afrikaans}

Kind regards,
 
Vinpro
 
tel:      +27 (0)21 276 0429
email:  info@vinpro.co.za
web:    www.vinpro.co.za
Vinpro, Cecilia Street, Suider Paarl, 7646

Repatriation of International Tourists – Flights and Transport Logistics

Through Department of Tourism, the following feedback was received from DIRCO regarding repatriation of international tourists.
 
Embassies are taking full responsibility for their citizens. This includes reconnaissance of where citizens currently are, negotiating repatriation flights with South African Government, accommodation and transportation of citizens to airports and all relevant permits and permissions.
 
It is a highly coordinated effort which involves planning flights based on the number of citizens. 
 
It is critical that all foreign citizens have been in touch with their embassies and have registered their current details with South African Tourism. Registering with South African Tourism can be done here and a list of embassy contacts can be accessed here.
 
For more information on communication that SATSA have sent out from embassies, please click here.

VINPRO UPDATE: COVID-19 LOCKDOWN #4 2 APRIL 2020

{Vir Afrikaans}

EXPORTS, PORTS, EXCISE, LABOUR ISSUES & PERMITS

The South African wine industry is committed to supporting Government’s efforts to curb the risk that the COVID-19 virus poses to our society, our employees, their families and our communities.
 
To this end we would like to keep our members informed of the activities and progress to date.
 
Over the past of couple of days we have collated all relevant information pertaining to both the wine industry and the liquor industry at large and concluded a number of interactive engagements (re Transnet and others). We have also submitted the respective business cases, including supporting documentation ranging from financials and economic impact, to the socio-economic impact and forecasts, based on current trends that are taking shape.
 
Read the SA wine industry update: COVID-19 lockdown #4 for feedback on:

  • Exports
  • Capacity of ports
  • Application for excise relief
  • Labour and safety during transport
  • Permits
  • DTI bizportal registration

We undertake to keep you informed of further developments as they unfold.
 
Also visit the WineLand Media COVID-19 portal at
https://www.wineland.co.za/covid-19-info/.
 
Kind regards,
 
Vinpro
 
tel:      +27 (0)21 276 0429
email:  info@vinpro.co.za
web:    www.vinpro.co.za
Vinpro, Cecilia Street, Suider Paarl, 7646

As you can imagine we are getting inundated with emails, telephone calls and texts to ask for advice and assistance. We are working through them as fast as we can but unfortunately, we are not able to answer each and everyone immediately. We have had to prioritise the issues by urgency, having first focused on assisting those with tourists still in the country and currently on the repatriation side, whilst simultaneously providing the most relevant COVID-19 information from Government and our various partners.

With regards to business relief, we have published all the available information that we have at present. We continue to scan government websites and the media for further details and will share this with you as soon as it becomes available. In addition, we are in constant dialogue with the CEO of TBCSA who is acting as a single channel to communicate with the government on a variety of ongoing issues.  There are still many questions around the relief options and we are collating everything we get from you and channelling these to the National Department of Tourism via the TBCSA. We will continue to advocate, through the proper channels and in a collaborative way, for the best possible relief.

To keep members updated, we publish these daily round-up emails and also continuously update the COVID-19 pages on our website. Your first stop here would probably be the SATSA FAQs. Please scan through these when you have a question and if it is not addressed you are welcome to forward your question to lebo@satsa.co.za.

Other topics that we address on the website include: 

 More topics might be added as it becomes necessary, so please do visit the website regularly.

For today, we would like to share the following round up information:

SATA’S resources and updates

1. SATSA COVID-19 FAQs
2. SATSA COVID-19 South African Government Business Relief Graphic
3. SATSA Webinar: COVID-19 Legal & Insurance Guidance

Government resources and updates

1. COVID-19 block exemption for the hotel industry 2020
2. SA Government Regulations and Guidelines – Coronavirus Covid-19
3. British Consul General note to travellers in SA lockdown
4. German Ambassador advisory for stranded German travellers during SA lockdown

Supplier Updates and Resources

1. Moneyweb: Unpacking the SMEs funding procedure
2. NFTGA – Guide Funding Questionnaire
3. Hospitality industry invited to show support for health workers through Ubuntu Beds

COVID-19: SATSA’s daily round-up – 25 March

International and domestic travel “prohibited” post lockdown

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced this evening that “all international and domestic flights would be prohibited” following the lockdown on midnight March 26.

During an inter-ministerial briefing, Mbalula also announced that there would be no movement across land borders, only cargo. Further clarity will be provided once the directives are released by the Department of Transport in the next day.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi further confirmed that there would be no movement across borders by road for travellers and said that passports and visas would not be issued through the duration of the lockdown.

Bheki Cele, Minister of Police, says that hotels, lodges and guesthouses, public and private game reserves and holiday resorts needed to be closed except to the extent that they are required to remain open because they have tourists.

The goal of the lockdown is to “limit unnecessary movement”. Your movement must be justifiable.

Please update the SA Tourism foreign tourist registry

We ask all SATSA members to update the foreign travellers who are staying in their accommodation establishments here.

Herewith the numbers thus far.

Should you have any questions, please email communications@satsa.co.za 

SATAS Resources and Updates

1. SATSA Webinar: COVID-19 Labour Law Guidance
2. Updated Embassy List for international travellers in South Africa 

Government Resources and Updates

1. South African Government releases final lockdown regulations
2. Covid-19: South African Tourism update – National Shutdown FAQs

Supplier News and Updates

1. ASATA issues COVID-19 Labour Law Guidance
2. MTPA: Local tourism attractions close for business due to the national lockdown
3. Airlink to suspend all operations between midnight 26 March and 20 April
4. SAA suspends all domestic flights in support of national lockdown to fight Coronvirus

VINPRO COVID-19 UPDATE: 25 MARCH 2020 LETTER OF AUTHORITY TEMPLATE

(Vir Afrikaans)

While we are still awaiting official feedback from the respective Government departments on allowed activities during the nation-wide lockdown, we would like to share the following.
 
Download a template letter of authority that you can complete (with your business or personal letterhead), print and provide to employees who need to travel for work from midnight on 26 March 2020 to 16 April 2020.

Agri SA Agri WK Vinpro lockdown employment letter – Word
Agri SA Agri WK Vinpro lockdown employment letter – PDF
 
The template was compiled by Agri SA, in collaboration with Agri Western Cape, and Vinpro’s logo was included for use by the wine industry.

Please note that there may be amendments to this document following official correspondence from Government and we undertake to communicate any further information as and when it becomes available.
 
Kindly send enquiries to info@vinpro.co.za
 
Kind regards,
 
Vinpro
tel:      
+27 (0)21 276 0429
email:  info@vinpro.co.za
web:    www.vinpro.co.za
Vinpro, Cecilia Street, Suider Paarl, 7646

Covid-19: South African Tourism update – National Shutdown FAQs

South African Tourism, in light of the President’s announcement on 23 March of a nationwide lockdown, has prepared a comprehensive list of FAQs to help guide the tourism industry to address questions and uncertainties.

These FAQs can be accessed here.

South African Tourism would also like to highlight the following:

  • Tourism is not an essential service and therefore needs to adhere to the lockdown regulations that come into effect on midnight on 26 March 2020.
  • With immediate effect, no new bookings may be accepted.
  • We appeal to tour operators and tour guides to act responsibly and halt all operations as per the president’s declaration of a national lockdown, scheduled to commence at midnight on 26 March 2020.   This will ensure the safety of everyone within the country.
  • South African citizens coming anywhere internationally will automatically be placed under quarantine for 14 days.
  • Lanseria airport has temporarily been suspended as an international airport.
  • We urge all tourism stakeholders, particularly accommodation owners, to cooperate and make sure none of their international guests to leave unless they produce their flight ticket and are catching the next flight home.

To reiterate, Tourism is NOT AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE and therefore needs to adhere to the lockdown regulations that come into effect.
 
We encourage establishments and operators to ask their guests to contact their embassy as soon as possible to ascertain what support is in place for them while they are still in South Africa.
 
Click here to access the updated list of Embassy contacts.

If you feel that there are any questions not answered by the FAQs please email these to communications@satsa.co.za.

VINPRO COVID-19 UPDATE: 24 MARCH 2020 #2

(Vir Afrikaans)

As per our email to you earlier today, the wine industry, along with our partners in agriculture, had extensive discussions with Government in the course of today with regard to the practical implications of the nation-wide lockdown for the wine industry value-chain.
 
The discussions focused on three aspects, namely production, distribution and sale of alcoholic products.
 
We believe that the industry’s voice was heard and we have received positive feedback from Government in this regard. However, we are not able to implement any decisions made before receiving the necessary official Government documentation that will govern the industry’s activities from midnight on 26 March 2020 until midnight on 16 April 2020.
 
In the meantime, please familiarise yourself with the following documents:

  • Joint statement from Vinpro, Salba and the Beer Association of South Africa: Feedback on alcohol industry discussions regarding COVID-19 – read here
  • Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel: Government’s intervention measures on Coronavirus – read here 
  • Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Ms. Thoko Didiza: A Message to the Agriculture and Food Sector of South Africa – read here

We would like to reiterate that we endorse President Ramaphosa’s decisions to ensure the safety of our nation and would like to call on every one of our industry members and partners to adhere to the regulations set out by Government.
 
We also ask that any concessions by Government be met with the necessary respect, ownership and responsibility on the industry’s part.
 
We would like to thank every one of you for your patience during this time of uncertainty, and request that you remain calm and responsible in all actions and messaging over the next few days.
 
We will communicate any further, and specifically official, regulations in this regard during the course of tomorrow. Also be sure to follow the latest news and developments at:
https://www.wineland.co.za/covid-19-info/
 
Kind regards,
 
Vinpro
tel:      
+27 (0)21 276 0429
email:  info@vinpro.co.za
web:    www.vinpro.co.za
Vinpro, Cecilia Street, Suider Paarl, 7646

TOURISM MINISTER PROVIDES CLARITY FOLLOWING PRESIDENT’S SPEECH

The inter-ministerial briefing on 24 March has provided some additional clarity following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement last night of a national lockdown.
 
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane issued some information to assist tourism establishments in the interpretation of the President’s measures. Further advice will come through once travel regulations and the Government Gazettes are issued by tomorrow.
 
We realise there are still many questions regarding travellers from high-risk countries currently in the country. We are working with TBCSA and other entities to get the correct information and interpretation for you as soon as possible. 
 
Please see the highlights of her speech at the inter-ministerial briefing below: Click Here to read more… 

VINPRO COVID-19 UPDATE: 24 MARCH 2020

(Vir Afrikaans)

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nation-wide lockdown on Monday evening, 23 March 2020 that will be in effect for 21 days from midnight on 26 March 2020 to midnight on 16 April 2020.
 
Find herewith the President’s full speech, with specific sections marked in yellow that are applicable to the agricultural sector:
  
We are well aware of specific questions regarding the harvesting of wine grapes, transport of employees, seasonal workers, cellar activities, laboratory services, logistics, bottling facilities, as well as a number of other activities related to the wine value-chain, including the sale of wine in supermarkets and/or standalone liquor stores.

It is Vinpro’s interpretation that:

  • The wine industry forms part of regulations that apply to the agricultural sector and therefore activities can continue at production level, specifically with regard to regions that are still busy harvesting.
  • Winery activities are likely to be limited to essential services (winemaking and laboratory services), while tasting rooms, restaurants and tourism activities must be closed.
  • The ports will remain open for export and import of goods. Vinpro specifically advocates strongly about this.

Aspects that the wine industry, together with other agricultural organisations and government, are urgently addressing for clarification are:

  • What are the implications for the sale and consumption of wine outside restaurants, bars and tasting rooms (i.e. off-consumption)? May liquor stores and supermarkets continue to sell liquor?
  • Can the transport of goods continue, or are there restrictions? This applies to exports and delivery.
  • What is the additional protocol for transporting employees to farms in terms of safety and hygiene?
  • What would be the effect on certification activities?

An official Gazette should also be issued within the next two days with further details on the implementation of the stricter measures.
 
Rest assured that as a wine industry these issues have recently formed part of all the respective discussion forums. It is now important to confirm the interpretation of the announced measures with the various Government departments and to ensure that any grey areas and/or possibly different interpretations will be eliminated – both at national and provincial levels, specifically in the Western and Northern Cape.
 
Talks have been scheduled between the respective parties over the next two days. We undertake to communicate final clearance to you as it becomes available, in a coordinated manner, and limited to actual tangible outputs with regard to specific permits and letters of authorisation.
 
Also, be sure to follow this wine-related news platform around COVID-19: https://www.wineland.co.za/covid-19-info/
 
We appreciate your patience and wish you well with all activities in the vineyard and cellar.

Regards,
  
Vinpro
tel:      
+27 (0)21 276 0429
email:  info@vinpro.co.za
web:    www.vinpro.co.za
Vinpro, Cecilia Street, Suider Paarl, 7646

VINPRO COVID-19 UPDATE: 23 MARCH 2020

(Vir Afrikaans Lees Hier)

The South African wine industry is, like the rest of South Africa and the world, trying to adapt to the “new normal” following the global COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the declaration by President Ramaphosa on 15 March 2020 that South Africa is in a State of Disaster on 15 March 2020.

In the past week, Vinpro was in continuous discussion with organised agriculture (Agri Western Cape, Agri SA and Agbiz, and inputs to Nedlac), as well as the greater South African liquor industry (ABInbev, SAB, Pernod Ricard, Distell, Heineken, Diageo, Vinpro and SALBA), where all possible issues such as harvest time, ports, logistics, wine tourism, announced trading hours, numbers on premises and events such as weddings, and registers to be kept were conveyed and discussed.

The liquor industry would have had a meeting with the Minister of Police, Minister Bheki Cele, this morning to discuss these issues; however it was cancelled early this morning due to an urgent cabinet meeting at 09:00.

Of course, we are well aware of the myriad of practical challenges, as well as the monetary impact on the SA wine industry, including harvest time and all that goes with it, but more importantly the impact on sales volumes and the ripple effect on wine businesses and their respective producer members.

The voices of our wineries and wine grape producers are therefore passed on to government as comprehensively as possible, but the reality of a global pandemic and what is happening all over the world and here in South Africa dictates all government action.

Vinpro and the other business units strive to keep the latest information and announcements alive and to keep our members informed on this WEB PORTAL: https://www.wineland.co.za/covid-19-info.

Follow the developments here and contact us at info@vinpro.co.za if you have questions about any issues not addressed on the abovementioned portal.

Keep well and all the best to you for the week ahead.

Vinpro
tel:      
+27 (0)21 276 0429
email:  info@vinpro.co.za
web:    www.vinpro.co.za
Vinpro, Cecilia Street, Suider Paarl, 7646

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SATSA is aware that there is some confusion following the sending of a mailer containing a TBCSA directive yesterday to accommodation establishment and activities. We are desperately seeking some clarity for you and thank you for your patience.

In the interim, South African Tourism has issued an industry update including a link for accommodation establishments to upload the necessary information requested in the TBCSA message. This is a temporary link to allow for immediate implementation:

https://www.southafrica.net/gl/en/trade/category/coronavirus-covid-19-south-african-tourism-update/central-traveller-registry-for-accommodation-establishments

Click here to view the SA Tourism Industry Update.

Furthermore, in the absence of clarity, SATSA is asking members to retain their travellers from high-risk destinations temporarily until we are advised in other parts of the country about what national protocol should be for high-risk travellers. If you have a foreigner from a high-risk country who wants to check-in, please do not turn them away. Rather, keep them isolated in your property as we attempt to seek clarity on your behalf.

Please click here to view the TBCSA directive issued this weekend.

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We are aware of the concern that the letter from the TBSCA raised in our industry, potentially resulting in tourists from high-risk countries being denied check-in.  While we gain clarity on this general statement, the Western Cape Government has already ascertained that there are  in excess of 900 beds available in the Western Cape for quarantine and/or self-isolation.  This at least provides an immediate solution for the industry to provide alternative accommodation.

The lead on this project is:
Lindy Cambouris
Tourism Marketing Development
DEDAT
Western Cape Government
Email lindy.cambouris@westerncape.gov.za
Office  021 483 6527

In order to access the accommodation, the Tourism Safety Hotline is available 24/7 (contact details attached).

Details of the requirements in terms of numbers and preferred location will be needed in order to prove a rapid response.

As soon as we have any further clarification, we will share it with you.

Stay safe

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We have tourists from some tour groups that have tested positive, and this is putting staff in accommodation establishments and attractions at high risk. As such Tourism Business Council of South Africa has been instructed by the Ministry of Tourism to ask industry to cooperate fully as a matter of urgency on the below:

All hotels that have tourists from high-risk countries should urgently compile a list of those tourists including the following.

  1. Personal details
  2. Entry date into South Africa (please look at Home Affairs entry stamp)
  3. Places visited by tourists
  4. No tourists from high-risk countries should be allowed to check-in or out of any accommodation establishments across the country. We need to assist them with contacting their embassies as well COVID-19 hotline: 0800 029 999
  5. The health officials will go to all establishments to test for COVID-19
  6. All embassies will be notified

Please see full TBCSA statement here.

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SAA Suspends All International Flights Until The End of May 2020 

SATSA has received the following statement from SAA regarding flight suspensions of flights on all international routes:

South African Airways (SAA) has announced that it will immediately suspend all international operations until 31 May 2020 in response to a government travel ban aimed at stopping the transmission of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The COVID-19 pandemic and attendant travel restrictions resulted in a substantial decline in demand for air travel. The situation caused many airlines across the world to ground aircraft, release their employees, and to cancel flights. In the case of SAA, this decision means that SAA will only render services on its regional and domestic routes.

Following the declaration of the State of Disaster after the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa, the government announced a travel ban and issued regulations, which introduced certain measures aimed at combating the spread or transmission of the virus.

Amongst other things, the regulations, issued on Thursday state that: “Disembarkation of foreign nationals from the high-risk countries is suspended on airports upon arrival. Embarkation and disembarkation is permissible under the following circumstances: Disembarkation of returning South African citizens and permanent residents; embarkation of departing foreign nationals, the disembarkation of a declared medical emergency; foreign nationals must be approved by port health services; upon landing, crew from high-risk countries shall be subject to medical screening and quarantined for 21 days”.

SAA operates in three markets that form part of countries listed in the travel ban as high-risk areas. These are the United States (Washington DC and New York, JFK), the United Kingdom (London, Heathrow) and Germany (Frankfurt and Munich). In addition, SAA operates flights to Australia (Perth) and Brazil (São Paulo) which have not been declared high-risk.  All of which is now cancelled.

“In support of efforts by the government to deal with this pandemic, and in the best interests of our crew, passengers and the public, we have decided to suspend all international flights until 31 May 2020. It is all our responsibility, not just the government, to curb further transmission of the virus. In addition, the increasing risks to our crew of contracting the virus including the possibility of being trapped in foreign destinations as a consequence of increasing travel bans cannot be ignored,” said SAA Acting CEO, Zuks Ramasia.

“We also recognise the fluidity in the conditions we operate in and the need to respond to these changes with speed, to this end we commit to keep all our stakeholders abreast of any changes on an ongoing basis,” said Ramasia.

Customers are advised to either contact their travel agents, or for direct bookings, South African Airways Call Centres on +27 (0)11 978-1111 or 0861 606-606 or 0800 214-774 (South Africa only) or +27 (0)11 978-2888.

“We thank customers for their support by continuing to place their trust in South African Airways with their travel plans,” concluded Ramasia.

SAA will provide regular and timely updates through media statements, its official channels and through its travel trade partners.

Circular 18/03/2020: Urgent and Important Government Gazette and Regulations