COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

The Boston Consulting Group are providing pro bono work for the BUSA COVID-19 platform. The link is to a webinar on “Lessons from China in managing the COVID-19 crisis”.

Click here to watch the 'COVID-19 Lessons' video


South African business collaborates to reduce COVID-19 risks and economic impacts.

Business for South Africa


Herewith an article dated 25 March 2020, written by Dr Mukhisa Kituyi (Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), calling for Governments to “keep ships moving, ports open and cross-border trade flowing” that has been supported by a number of industries around the world due to the reliance on commercial shipping for approximately 80% of global transportation.

COVID-19 and International Trade Issues

In an unprecedented global health crisis, trade is essential to save lives and livelihoods; and international co-operation is needed to keep trade flowing.


Chemical Sector Guideline

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29 December 2020

Adjusted Lockdown Alert Level 3 Regulations

Consolidated COVID-19 Regulations

Determination of Alert Levels and Hotspots

Form 7 of Annexure A: Permit to Perform an Essential/Permitted Service

28 December 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa's Address

Determination of Admission of Guilt Fines in Respect of Offences in Terms of the Disaster Management Act 2002 (Act 57 of 2002) Regulations - Johannesburg Administrative Region

17 June 2020

COVID-19: President's Message - 17 June 2020

02 June 2020

Business Unity SA (BUSA)statement on ANC Economic Recovery Strategy

22 May 2020

Update: COVID-19 Response by the dtic

15 May 2020


13 May 2020

COVID-19 President Ramaphosa's Message


COVID-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme Q&A

04 May 2020

COVID-19 - DOT Directive - 659 - GG 43270

COVID-19- Directive Amendment - GG 43275 - 4 MAY 2020

COVID-19- DOT Directive - 495 - GG 43274

01 May 2020

Minister of Transport: Media Statement on Level 4 Lockdown

Department of Transport Directions: Once-off movement of persons

30 April 2020

CoGTA Directions: Once-off Movement of Persons

Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

29 April 2020

COVID-19: Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation – Amended Directions

COVID-19 in Africa - Protecting Lives and Economies

Risk Adjusted Strategy Regulations 29 April 2020

28 April 2020

Standard Opering Procedure (SOP) under Rebate Item 412.11 for Business importing Critical Supplies during the National State of Disaster

COVID-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in the Workplace, by Minister of Employment and Labour

20 April 2020

Update: Customs Measures Relating to COVID-19


Download the Consolidated Regulations Including All Amendments

COVID-19 DMA Regulations Amendment 5

16 April 2020


Download the Consolidated Regulations Including All Amendments

COVID-19 DMA Regulations Amendment 4

Documents and Updates from the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa

Please check the ITAC website that is updated from time-to-time and includes communiques, application forms, standard operating procedures, critical supplies list, import VAT exemption list, and export documentation.

Department of Health – South Africa’s COVID-19 Epidemic: Trends & Next Steps (13 April 2020)

DoH - Presentation - 13 April 2020

Department of Employment and Labour Documents

Easy-Aid Guide for Employers

Department of Employment and Labour – Workplace Preparedness

Department of Employment and Labour Directive - Original

Department of Employment and Labour Directive - Amendment

15 April 2020

CEO Initiative Calls on Business to pay SME Creditors

COVID-19 Directions: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

14 April 2020

Joint NRCS/SAHPRA/SABS Communication on Regulatory Status of Equipment

13 April 2020

DoH: Memo – Face Masks

Presidential Statement - 9 April 2020

COVID-19 Relief Schemes Summary

Support the Stay Home Campaign

09 April 2020

COVID-19 Directions: Call centres providing essential services

08 April 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Micro-Small Business in Developing Communities.

Over five million micro and small businesses exist in South Africa, many of which are located in the informal sector.
This report delves into the gaps in the current solutions that are impacting small businesses.

Final SADC Guidelines on Cross-Border Transport (COVID-19)

Amended COVID-19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme (C19 Ters)

Directions: Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Expansion of the Scope of the COVID-19 Block Exemption for the Healthcare Sector, 2020

06 April 2020

COVID-19-related Regulations – Small Businesses

Regulations on Competition Tribunal Rules For COVID -19 Excessive Pricing Compliant Referrals

ITAC Certificate - SARS Essential Goods List

Mapping of Essential Goods

03 April 2020

COVID-19 Macro-Economic Consequences for Developing Countries

“Just when developing countries need to manage the pandemic, most have seen their fiscal space evaporate,” says Professor Ricardo Hausmann, one of the world’s leading experts on what drives economic growth, especially in developing countries. Hausmann provides an excellent analysis of the macro-economic implications of COVID-19 as well as recommendations for developing countries and international institutions. The Centre for Development and Enterprise has provided access to the following resources: The macro-economic impact of COVID-19 in developing countries (select slides of presentation, or select “watch meeting” recording).

02 April 2020

Tackling COVID-19 in Africa -

An Unfolding Health and Economic Crisis that Demands Bold Action – McKinsey & Company

COVID-19 in Africa

Herewith an article dated today showing the intention of the Minister of Transport to rescind the 100% loading capacity allowance for public transport.

A further amendment of the Disaster Management Act Regulations has been published. CAIA provides both the latest amendment as well as a CONSOLIDATED version of all the amendments, for ease of reference. The current amendment deals with: definitions, permits to travel, affidavits for funerals, conditions that must be met, Cabinet powers, contact tracing, the establishment of a database of persons, determination of the movement and location of persons, reports to and by the Director-General: Health, offences and penalties, as well as corrections, and changes to forms.

57 of 2002 DISASTER MANAGEMENT ACT_Regs GN 318_2020.04.02 - to date

COVID-19 DMA Regulations Amendment 3

The National Treasury has released information, explanatory memoranda and draft bills relating to Disaster Management Tax Relief and COVID-19 Tax Measures. The draft Bills are available for comment until 15 April 2020 and will be implemented later in the year; retrospectively from 1 April 2020. Aspects included in measures relate to selected instances of: employment tax incentive reimbursements, deferment of payment of employee tax liability, and tax subsidy. Should there be comments and/or further suggestions (for example a moratorium on the Carbon Tax), please make contact through the CAIA Advocacy Alert.

20200329 Explanatory Notes on COVID 19 Tax measures - 29 March 2020

20200329 Media statement - COVID-19 Tax Measures

20200401 Media statement - Publication of COVID-19 Draft Tax Bills for public comment

Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill - 1 April 2020

Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill - 1 April 2020

Draft Explanatory Memorandum on the Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill - 1 April 2020

31 March 2020

The Directions from the Department of Home Affairs stipulate temporary measures in relation to the Immigration Act that include: arrangements for travel by foreigners, transit through the country, entry into and exit from South Africa, the closure of some ports and the listing thereof, visa administration (withdrawals, suspensions, refusals, concessions) and arrangements for crews and diplomats.
COVID-19 Home Affairs Regulations

Amendment of Directions for Public Transport: the amendment provides revised operating times for mini- and midibus public transportation, grace periods prior and post operating times, as well as directions and requirements for private employers in essential services to transport employees. Furthermore, a separate Notice provides loading capacities versus operating licence capacities of normal vehicles as well as mini- and midibus public transportation vehicles, in instances where surgical or N95 masks are or are not worn. Operators are required to put measures in place to ensure adherence to social distancing. The error in loading capacity has been noted and a correction Notice is awaited.
COVID-19 Public Transport amendment

TPT Declaration of FM re COVID-19 - Container sector.pdf

20200401 Min Transport Letter

30 March 2020


Directive regarding sea ports.pdf

Explanatory Notes on COVID 19 Tax measures - 29 March 2020.pdf

Media statement - COVID-19 Tax Measures.pdf

28 March 2020

Directions - DoT

Minister Fikile Mbalula on implementation of transport directions during Coronavirus COVID

Business Growth-Resilience Facility

SMME Debt Relief Scheme

Export Restrictions 2012_schedules 1 2 3

Export Restrictions_27032020


27 March 2020

Economic Implications

Customer Letter Force Majeure.pdf

Memo - Business SA_COVID-19 initiative - 27.03.2020

Valued Customer.pdf

26 March 2020

Speeches / Statements

Companies facing distress due to the pandemic to be assisted - Employment and Labour

Department of Employment and Labour unveil guidelines to deal with Covid-19 at workplaces

Minister Blade Nzimande on establishment of Coronavirus COVID

Minister Blade Nzimande_Government’s intervention measures on Coronavirus COVID-19

Minister Ebrahim Patel_Government’s intervention measures on Coronavirus

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on interventions to curb the spread of Coronavirus COVID

Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi Ngubane_Government’s intervention measures on Coronavirus

Minister Thoko Didiza_Agriculture and Food Sector of South Africa on Coronavirus

President Cyril Ramaphosa_Escalation of measures to combat Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Tourism on Coronavirus COVID

Travel - Coronavirus Covid-19

Other information



Hospitals and Centres of Disease Control



Parliament welcomes SANDF deployment in battle against Coronavirus Covid


Schools - Coronavirus Covid-19

Stay Healthy While Travelling


COVID-19 Block Exemption Healthcare

COVID-19 Classification - national disaster

COVID-19 COIDA Regulations

COVID-19 Consumer and Customer Protection

COVID-19 Declaration - national disaster

COVID-19 Directions to muncipalities and provinces

COVID-19 Disaster Management Act Regulations

COVID-19 DMA Air Services

COVID-19 DMA Directions to address prevent and combat - public transport

COVID-19 DMA Directions to address prevent and combat - railway

COVID-19 DMA Measures to address prevent and combat - cross border transport

COVID-19 DMA REgulations amendment

COVID-19 International Air Services Regulations

COVID-19 National Ports - Regulations

Economic Implications


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Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on measures to combat COVID

COVID-19-What you need to know

Minerals Council Material On Preparedness For Managing The Covid-19 Pandemic

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