COVID-19 Employment Newsflash
Our guide to the issues likely to impact businesses and the key measures taken by African governments in response to COVID-19.
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has caused a public health crisis and has significantly impacted global financial markets.
With the number of coronavirus cases increasing daily, and in light of the World Health Organization now terming it a pandemic, employers should have a clear plan in place in relation to their employees.
The Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA) came into effect on 1 July 2020 but was subject to a 12-month grace period, which ended yesterday (30 June 2021). Therefore, from today (1 July 2021) POPIA is fully in effect, save for certain provisions.
On 10 June 2021, the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced amendments to schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) in terms of which, amongst other things, embedded generation projects with a capacity of up to 100 MW will become exempt from being required to be licensed with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).
The Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA), one of the most used arbitral institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, launched its revised International Arbitration Rules (New AFSA Rules) on 1 June 2021.
The prohibition of Grand Parade’s divestiture of Burger King South Africa by the Competition Commission due to a lack of black ownership and its recommendation to approve the divestiture of Sasol’s air separating units business with a range of public interest conditions once more highlights the importance of the public interest grounds in merger control assessment.
On 1 June 2020, South Africa shall move from Alert Level 4 of the National Lockdown to Alert Level 3 in line with the risk adjusted strategy adopted by the South African government to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.