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The National Coronavirus Command Council, led by Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, briefed South Africa on Wednesday, 29 April 2020. All agriculture, hunting, forestry, fishing and related services, including inspection, certification and the export of agricultural products is permitted during Level 4. This results in the option for SIZA audits to be conducted within the agricultural context. SIZA members will have to adhere to the various requirements as set out by Government, along with additional precautionary measures which will be set between audit company and supplier. The audit procedures and way forward will be shared to all SIZA members accordingly. The Department of Labour has published updated directives (gazetted on Wednesday 29 April 2020) for employers to protect their workers from the coronavirus, as South Africa prepares to ease the national lockdown to level 4. The attached document also contains information on permits and moving from one province or district to another.

Access to these directives

Preparing the workplace and creating a

safe environment for your employees

A COVID-19-ready workplace plan must be developed prior to the re-opening of an enterprise employing people. For small businesses, the plan can be basic, reflecting the size of the business, while for medium and larger businesses, a more detailed written plan should be developed given the larger numbers of people at the workplace. Below are some guidelines on preparing your workplace.
 
Mandatory screening of ALL employees
 
Employers have been directed to screen workers for the virus at the time that they report for work. This is for observable symptoms associated with COVID-19, namely: fever, cough, sore throat, redness of eyes or shortness of breath (or difficulty in breathing). Workers are furthermore required to report to their employer whether they suffer from any of the following additional symptoms: nausea, vomiting, body aches, fatigue, weakness, tiredness, diarrhea and loss of taste.
Compulsory masks and other forms of PPE

Employers must ensure all employees are protected by ensuring cloth masks (minimum of two masks per employee) and hand sanitizer (70% alcohol based) are provided to each employee. Employees should wear masks while at work, while commuting to and from work as well as in public spaces. Note that these should be provided free of charge. In cases where the employee does not have a cloth mask when moving outside of the business premises, a scarf or an adequate piece of clothing wrapped around the mouth and nose can be worn.

In all cases, businesses should continue with adequate risk assessments to identify other forms of PPE, such as gloves, that can be used to prevent the spread of the virus. No person will be allowed to enter building, place or premises if they do not wear a cloth mask or homemade item that covers their mouth and nose. Masks must be worn at all times outside your house.

Employers should furthermore ensure ALL employees maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters apart. These distances will apply inside and outside the business, and employees should at all times keep a suitable distance. In cases where the distance is not possible, a solid physical barrier must be in place between employees.

All business should clean and disinfect all workstations and work equipment every day before employees start work. Make sure that no vulnerable or high-risk employees enter the premises. There should also be adequate facilities for the washing of hands with soap and clean water.
National curfew

People are not allowed to move outside their residence between 20:00 and 05:00.
Transport

There is a limit of three people per private vehicle, and 70% capacity in taxis. All transport that is to be used, must be sanitized regularly and after each use of a vehicle. Ensure that all drivers and passengers wear masks and relevant PPE.
Training, awareness and sharing information

It is crucial that all SIZA members adequately create awareness amongst all employees within the business of these new regulations, the dangers of the virus, and how the business will be conducted the risk-assessments. The sharing of information is very important to avoid misconceptions and non-compliance of regulatory measures.
Risk assessments

Risk assessments Employers and businesses should actively commit to a comprehensive risk-assessment that covers the following aspects. This is not an exhaustive list and employers should adapt accordingly:

 
  • Identify a responsible person/team that will be responsible for managing the risks of coronavirus
  • Screening of employees at the start of work
  • Sanitization of workstations before every shift during the day
  • Vulnerable employees
  • Risks related to accommodation on site
  • Transport and logistics
  • Curfew regulations and movement outside of the business
  • Audit arrangements (contact audit company for specific requirements)

Available Resources

Contact the SIZA staff for assistance:
Retha Louw: 082 302 7507
Lynn Taute: 071 677 4435
Carmen Botes: 084 625 6396
Werner van Dyk: 082 062 1751
Henko Vlok: 076 855 6850
Karla Hoogendijk: 078 382 4438
Jo-Anne September: 078 120 9002
Lizzy Sebati: 079 766 2010
SIZA COVID-19 Resources
Risk Adjusted Strategy Regulations
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