An awareness campaign has been launched by agricultural stakeholders in the Western Cape to encourage people to comply with Covid-19 protocols and prevent a third wave. In the next coming weeks, video material will be shared via social media platforms. In addition, a campaign will also kick off on radio. Lastly, please share the following posters in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Sotho with colleagues and employees. #It’s not over yet! #EssentialAgriculture #ForTheLoveOfAgriculure
Public transport services, private vehicles and loading capacity of public transport vehicles
(1) Intra- provincial and interprovincial travel, including long-distance travel, by private vehicles and public transport services are permitted.
(2) For purposes of long-distance travel, as contemplated in regulation 43(1) of
the Regulations –
- minibus, minibus or minibus taxi -type services are permitted to carry not more than 70% of their maximum licensed passenger-carrying capacity for intra- provincial long-distance travel and interprovincial travel and are subject to the following limitations:
- bus services are permitted to carry not more than 70% of their licensed passenger-carrying capacity for intra- provincial and interprovincial long-distance travel; and
- buses, taxis and trains that transport passengers for a journey that is regarded as long-distance travel, may continue to complete the journey, despite the declared curfew times.
For purposes of any trip that is not regarded as long-distance travel in terms of regulation 43(1) of the Regulations
- buses, minibuses, minibuses, minibuses, taxi -type services, e- hailing services, meter taxis, shuttle services, chauffeur-driven vehicles and scholar transport vehicles are permitted to carry 100% of their maximum licensed passenger capacity; and
- rail operations are permitted to carry not more than 70% of their licensed passenger capacity
It is our understanding that more than 200km is determined as long-distance of which the transport should be at 70% capacity while adhering to the protocols. Under 200 km would be regarded as not long distance.
Please take note of the bakkies capacity and be cognisant of managing COVID protocols e.g. social distancing. We would also recommend checking with the local municipality as they differ with regards to the enforcing of the Act. Some have distinctive directives with regards to the new regulation on the transportation of passengers.
Government Gazette: DMA Directions Transport Jan 2021
Regulation Gazette No. 11223 Vol. 667 (11 January 2021) page 15: public transport
Travel Permit – Essential Workers: Download here
Government Gazette 29 December 2020:Determination of Alert Levels and Hotspots – Government Gazette 44045- 2020-12-29
Government Gazette 29 December 2020:Adjustment Alert Level 3 – Government Gazette 44044- 2020-12-29
Message from President Cyril Ramaphosa on 11 November 2020:President’s Message – 2020-11-11
Government Gazette 11 November 2020:Cooperative Governance – Government Gazette 43897 – 2020-11-11
The new regulations for Lockdown Level 2 were gazetted on Monday 17 August. Download your copy here: Gov Gazette 43620 2020-08-17
UPDATED: Workplace scenarios Level 2:COVID-19 – Scenarios in the workplace
OPGEDATEER: Werksplek scenarios Vlak 2: COVID-19 – Scenarios in die werkplek
Coronavirus guidelines: https://www.gov.za/coronavirus/guidelines
Protocol for workers from other provinces returning to place of work: voorgestelde-oorgrensprotokol-vir-werkers-wat-terugkeer-werk-toe
Covid-19 Work Safety: COVID-19 – Work Safely – English
NICD guidelines for quarantine and isolation Covid-19:Guidelines for Quarantine and Isolation in relation to Covid-19
Covid-19 Environmental Health Guide:Covid-19 – Environmental Health Guideline – 1-3
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has released an inspection business continuity plan, should staff members test positive for COVID-19.
Download the plan here: Directorate: Inspection Services – Business Continuity Plan – Covid-19
HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE/OFFICE
While lockdown will possibly move to Level 3 by the end of May, there are still many obstacles to overcome. Especially with stakeholders in the fruit industry returning to their offices.
In this regard please find information below explaining how to manage and prevent coronavirus infection in the workplace:
- Occupational Health and Safety/DoEL 29 April: occupational-healthsafety-29april
- Preventing and managing Covid-19 in the workplace: circular-h-70-of-2020-preventing-and-managing-coronavirus-infection-in-the-workplace-6-may-2020
- Employee health check flow-chart: covid-19-incident-flow-chart-final
- Level 4 business operating obligations: safety-requirements-b4sa-business-operating-obligations-6-may-2020
TRANSPORT OF FOREIGN WORKERS
In the event of having foreign essential workers for seasonal services on farms, that need to return home after their contracts expire, please note that you have to contact the Department of Home Affairs regarding the agreement between South Africa and the neighbouring country, together with the relevant protocols regarding repatriation. These workers would be relevant to provisions under Section 16(5) of the Regulations. Download document here: Department of Home Affairs
We advise producers to further follow the same protocol as for South African essential workers rendering seasonal work: 2020-may-revised-protocol-transport-of-essential-workers-rendering-seasonal-work
Furthermore, the Western Cape government’s tech volunteer programme will match small businesses in distress with an expert and offer them 1-2-1 sessions of ‘free’ advisory practical tech and digital-related support during the lockdown. To register visit: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/news/free-digital-and-technology-advisory-support-available-smmes
Revised protocol regarding the transport of essential workers rendering seasonal work: 2020-may-revised-protocol-transport-of-essential-workers-rendering-seasonal-work
BOORDPRAKTYK WEENS ARBEIDTEKORTE
Hortgro Science, met die hulp van tegniese adviseurs het ‘n freshNOTES saamgestel oor wat produsente te doen staan indien daar arbeidstekorte is weens Covid-19. Laai freshNOTES 176 in Afrikaans of Engels af, hier.
HEALTH SCREENING TOOL
Download a COVID-19 farm screening tool that can be used if workers/members have flu-like symptoms and come in contact with someone who may have the coronavirus, here: daily-monitoring-farms-doc
HORTGRO STAFF AT YOUR SERVICE:
- Finance: Louis van Zyl (083 658 8156 )
- Special Projects/Producer support: Mariette Kotze (084 761 1310)
- Trade & Markets: Jacques du Preez (082 864 8149)
- Research & Technical: Hugh Campbell (083 306 6668) of Wiehann Steyn (082 331 0056)
- Communications: Elise-Marie Steenkamp (082 770 7858)
“All the best in this tough period. Please do what is required to safeguard yourself and your workers against the transmission of the virus. Flatten the curve.” – Anton Rabe (083 453 3422)