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COVID-19 Practical Labour Arrangements

The declaration of the Covid-19 virus as a national disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act, provides the government wide-ranging powers.  A state of disaster lasts for three months and can be extended or cancelled by the president.

To address the agricultural industry issues regarding the impact of the Corona virus (Covid-19) the:
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development met with a newly formed technical task team from the industry:
The objective of this task team is to monitor the situation and advise the Minister and DG’s on the appropriate contingency measures:

The following points were discussed at this meeting:

  1. Labour force exposure and the implementation of standard operating procedures for farm workers, factories and pack houses, etc.
  2. Logistics chain and the impact on international trade.
  3. Credit terms of the banking sector given the extraordinary crisis.
  4. Socio-economic impact of the disease.

NEDLAC (National Economic Development and Labour Council) and the various ministerial departments also met yesterday to develop a contingency plan to mitigate the impact of this disaster. Please see the summary of decisions announced by the Minister of Employment and Labour on 16 March 2020 at a special Nedlac executive committee meeting.

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