1. As you are aware, the COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) has affected the globe and reached South African shores, with 116 South Africans reported to have been infected as of Wednesday, 18 March 2020.
  2. On 15 March 2020, the President, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, declared a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002, with necessary precautionary measures being put in place to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. To a large extent, isolation has been viewed as a measure to control the spread of the Coronavirus. The result of such isolation necessitates that people contact, inter alia, health care professionals, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases and employers. Further, some people are working and studying from home. Schools will be closed from 18 March 2020 and will remain so until after the Easter weekend. Public gatherings have also been limited and as a result certain events have been cancelled
  3. In his statement issued on 15 March 2020, our President said that South Africans, including business must respond to the Coronavirus as a united nation to a common threat. Further, he stated that this national emergency demands cooperation, collaboration and common action; more than that, it requires solidarity, understanding and compassion. He further urged those who have resources and those who are healthy to assist those who are in need and who are vulnerable.
  4. He further stated that all state institutions will be mobilised to lead this effort, but, if the country is to succeed, every company, trade union, NGO, university, college, school, religious group and taxi association will need to play its part.
  5. We request all parties to understand what the risk is and what precautions each and every person should apply and wish you a safe journey during this perilous time.
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