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‘Debt-free’ SABC to lose R1.5bn due to Covid-19, parliament hears

The SABC is “conservatively” projecting a budget shortfall of R1.5bn in the current financial year as its advertising revenue drops significantly due to the economic impact of Covid-19.

This was revealed to MPs on Tuesday night by SABC board chairperson Bongimusa Makhathini and group CEO Madoda Mxakwe during a meeting with the National Assembly’s portfolio committee on communications.

Mxakwe said the SABC clients and regular advertiser have been withdrawing their ad spend and other income streams such as sponsorships as they battled to trade during the national lockdown.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.timeslive.co.za/amp/politics/2020-05-19-debt-free-sabc-to-lose-r15bn-due-to-covid-19-parliament-hears/

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eNCA CAMERAMAN DIED OF COVID19

Lungile Tom, who worked for eNCA at the company’s Cape Town office as one of its camera operators, died of Covid-19 on Wednesday morning.

eMedia Investments said Tom was admitted to hospital on Sunday night, with Covid-19 symptoms.

“He was tested and admitted to intensive care. Lungile’s test results confirmed that he had Covid-19, and he passed away in hospital this morning, Wednesday May 13,” the company said.

www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2020-05-13-enca-cameraman-lungile-tom-dies-of-covid-19/

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LEVEL 4 REGULATIONS

MOVEMENT OF PERSONS

16. (1) Every person is confined to his or her place of residence.

(2) A person may only leave their place of residence to–

(a) perform an essential or permitted service, as allowed in Alert Level 4;

(b) go to work where a permit which corresponds with Form 2 of Annexure A, has been issued;

(c) buy permitted goods;

(d) obtain services that are allowed to operate as set out in Table 1 to the Regulations;

(e) move children, as allowed;

(f) walk, run or cycle between the hours of 06H00 to 09H00, within a five kilometre radius of their place of residence; Provided that this is not done in organised groups

(3) Every person is confined to his or her place of residence from 20H00 until 05H00 daily, except where a person has been granted a permit to perform an essential or permitted service as listed in Annexure D, or is attending to a security or medical emergency .

(4) Movement between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts are prohibited  except-

(a) for workers who have a permit to perform an essential or permitted service who have to commute to and from work on a daily basis;

(b) the attendance of a funeral, as allowed;

(c) the transportation of mortal remains; and

(d) for learners who have to commute to and from school or higher education institutions on a daily basis during periods when those institutions are permitted to operate.

(5) Any person who was not at their place of residence, or work before the lockdown period and who could not travel between provinces, metropolitan and distr ict areas during the lockdown, will be permitted, on a once-off basis, to return to their places of residence or work and will be required to stay in such place until the end of Alert Level 4.

AT THE WORKPLACE

6) All industries, businesses, entities, both private and in the public sector, which are permitted to operate during Alert Level 4, must-

(a) designate a COVID-19 compliance officer who will oversee the:

(i) implementation of the plan referred to in subregulation (b); and

(ii) adherence to the standards of hygiene and health protocols relating to COVID-19 at the workplace;

(b) develop a plan for the phased in return of their employees to the workplace, prior to reopening the workplace for business, which plan must correspond with Annexure E and be retained for inspection and contain the following information:

(i) which employees are permitted to work;

(ii) what the plans for the phased-in return of their employees to the workplace are;

(iii) what health protocols are in place to protect employees from COVID-19; and

(iv) the details of the COVID-19 compliance officer;

(c) phase in the return of their employees to work to manage the return of employees from other provinces, metropolitan and district areas; and

(d) develop measures to ensure that the workplace meets the standards of health protocols, adequate space for employees and social distancing measures for the public and service providers, as required.

MOVEMENT OF CHILDREN

17. (1) The movement of children between co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights or a caregiver, as defined in section 1(1) of the Children’s Act. 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005), in the same metropolitan area or district municipality is allowed subject to the following if the co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights or a caregiver is in possession of-

(a) a court order; or

(b) a parental responsibilities and rights agreement or parenting plan, registered with the family advocate

(c) a permit issued by a magistrate where which corresponds with Form 3 of Annexure A if the documentation in paragraphs (a) and (b) is not available.

(2) The movement of children between co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights or a caregiver, as defined in section 1(1) of the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005), between different metropolitan areas, district municipalities or provinces is allowed if the co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights or a caregiver is in possession of a permit. issued by a magistrate which corresponds with Form 3 of Annexure A.

(3) Any child who was not at the residence of their primary caregiver before the lockdown period and who could not travel between provinces, metropolitan and district areas during the lockdown will be permitted, on a once -off basis, to return to the residence of their primary caregiver if the co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights or a caregiver is in possession of a permit issued by a magistrate which corresponds with Form 3 of annexure A.

(4) The household to which the child has to move, must be free of COVID -19.

(5) (a) Before a magistrate issues a permit referred to in regulation 17(1)(c), he or she must be provided with-

(i) a birth certificate or certified copy of a birth certificate of the child or children to prove a legitimate relationship between the co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights; and

(ii) written reasons why the movement of the child is necessary.

(b) Before a magistrate issues a permit referred to in 17(2) or (3), he or she must be provided with-

(i) A court order

(ii) a parental responsibilities and rights agreement or parenting plan registered with the family advocate or

(iii) a birth certificate or certified copy of a birth certificate of the child or children to prove a legitimate relationship between the co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights; and

(iv) written reasons why the movement of the child is necessary.

TABLE 1
ALERT LEVEL 4

All persons who are able to work from home should do so.

Persons in the following list of industries and activities will be permitted to perform work outside the home, and to travel to and from work, under Alert Level 4, subject to-

(a) strict health protocols, and social distancing rules;

(b) return to work to be phased in to enable measures to make the workplace COVID-ready; and

(c) return to work to be done in a manner that avoids and reduces risks of infection.

PERMISSIONS AND PROHIBITIONS

PART G: MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES

1 – Online services.
2 – Productions for local broadcast and live streaming of creative sector services in support of COVID-19 subject to directions.
3 – Newspapers and broadcasting.

ANNEXURE D: ESSENTIAL SERVICES

A: Essential and permitted services referred to in section 16(3) of the Regulation shall refer to:

(a) the list of essential services as set out in B below; and

(b) such other service as are set out in Alert Level 4 and where the technological. industrial, structural or similar requirement of the service necessitates a continuous or shift operation, as set out in directions, as set out below.

B: Essential services means the services as defined in section 213 of the Labour Relations Act. 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995), and designated in terms of section 71(8) of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (and which designation remains valid as at the date of publication of this regulation), and as listed below:

1. Medical, Health (including Mental Health), Laboratory and Medical services and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases;

2. Disaster Management, Fire Prevention. Fire Fighting and Emergency services;

3.1 (a) The following services necessary to maintain the functioning of a financial system as defined in section 1(1) of the Financial Sector Regulation Act, only when the operation of a place of business or entity is necessary to continue to perform those services:

(i) the banking environment (including the operations of mutual banks, co-operative banks, co-operative financial institutions and the Postbank);

(ii) the payments environment;

(iii) the financial markets (including market infrastructures licensed under the Financial Markets Act, 2012 (Act No. 19 of 2012);

(iv) the insurance environment;

(v) the savings and investment environment;

(vi) pension fund administration;

(vii) outsourced administration;

(viii) medical schemes administration, and

(ix) additional services set out in directions.

(b) The services listed in paragraph (a) may not be construed to include debt collection services.

3.2 Services necessary for the provision of social grants.

4. Production and sale of the goods listed in Annexure B;

5. Whole sale and retail stores for re-stocking;

6. Electricity (including vital demand management services), water, gas and fuel production, supply and maintenance;

7. Critical jobs for essential government services as determined by Head of National or Provincial Departments in accordance with the guidance of the Department of Public Service and Administration, including Social Grant Payments and pension payments;

12. Newspaper, broadcasting and telecommunication infrastructure and services, including call centres critical for the support of such services;