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COVID-19 AND THE DECIDUOUS FRUIT INDUSTRY

22 July 

Download latest Cogta (12 July)  here: 43521_12-07_cogta

Coronavirus guidelines: https://www.gov.za/coronavirus/guidelines

Level 3 regulations to take note of: https://www.gov.za/coronavirus/alert-level-3

Protocol for workers from other provinces returning to place of work: voorgestelde-oorgrensprotokol-vir-werkers-wat-terugkeer-werk-toe

Social media regulation images:

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26 Junie INTERPRETASIE VAN GEVORDERDE VLAK 3

Die regulasies volgens gevorderde vlak 3 is gisteraand (25 Junie 2020) gepubliseer. Laai asb die dokument (Cogta) hier af: 43476_25-6_cogta

Daar is ‘n hele paar aspekte in die regulasies wat tans nog onduidelik is, en ons wag op omskrywings hiervan.

Intussen het dit ook onder ons aandag gekom dat die vorige telefoonnommers om Covid-gevalle te rapporteer, slegs voortaan as hulplyne sal funksioneer.

Rapportering sal voorts per e-pos geskied aan BEIDE die Departement van Gesondheid en die Departement van Arbeid.

Die volgende inligting word benodig:

  • Naam van maatskappy
  • Naam, ID en telefoonnommer van die persoon wat geval rapporteer.
  • Naam, ID en telefoonnommer van die persoon wat Covid-positief is; asook die datum van die toets en die datum van die toetsresultate.

Departement van Gesondheid: WorkplaceCovidReporting@westerncape.gov.za

Departement van Arbeid: David.Esau@labour.gov.za

Dankie aan almal in die bedryf wat help om kos te voorsien, donasies te maak en die wat omsien na minderbevoorregte persone. Terwyl ons onsself pantser teen die ergste wat nog kom, vra ons dat almal verantwoordelik sal voortgaan om sosiale afstand te handhaaf, maskers te dra, en gereeld hande te was.

12 June 2020

UPDATED COVID-19 Workplace Scenarios: covid-19-scenarios-in-the-workplace

NUUTSTE COVID-19 Werksplek Scenario:covid-10-scenarios-in-die-werkplek

Covid-19 Work Safety: covid-19-work-safely-english

Western Cape Winter Safety:covid-19_cape-town-winter-2020_english_2020-05-28-20h30

FAQs (11):faqs-11f

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

PACKHOUSES

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: dis-bcp

19 May 2020

Latest documents of importance:

14 May 2020

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:

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: dept-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

12 May 2020

Revised protocol regarding transport of essential workers rendering seasonal work: 2020-may-revised-protocol-transport-of-essential-workers-rendering-seasonal-work

SAPS Legal opinion: 2020-may-saps-legal-opinion

8 May 2020

Moving of house/people

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has published new regulations that will allow South Africans to ‘move house’ under lockdown level 4 – but with tight restrictions.

The regulations, gazetted late on Thursday night by minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, give South Africans looking to move houses or to a new place of residence until 7 June to do so.

This only applies to people who:

  • Entered new lease agreements before or during the lockdown period; or
  • Where the transfer of immovable property occurred before the lockdown period.

Download COGTA here: directions-issued-in-terms-of-section-272f-of-the-disaster-man-act.2002-act57_2002

6 May 2020

Agri Construction during Covid-19

Please note that a legal opinion has been obtained by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture with regards to the construction of buildings (packhouses/ cold stores/ etc.) for the agricultural sector. We have received approval for such construction to be initiated and or resumed on condition that the required health and safety measures are complied with.  The legal opinion can be downloaded here: 2020-may-legal-opinion-agri-construction.  The Occupational Health and Safety Measures in the Workplaces for Covid-19, can be downloaded here: occupational-healthsafety-29april.

We recommend that producers/packers requiring contractors to start with operations, ensure the following:

  1. All “normal” approvals such as building permits, plans, EIA approvals, etc. must be in place.
  2. Permit to perform an essential service see 16 (2)(b) and 28 (4) of R.480.
  3. Comply to 16 (6) pertaining to Covid-19 compliance officer, phased opening, etc.
  4. A Workplace Plan (see Annexure E of R.480.)
  5. Adhere to transport regulations pertaining to employees.

Please provide contractors/builders with copies of these documents and ensure that permits relating to the movement of workers to perform an essential service, is adhered to.

In addition, we propose that you inform the local SAPS office of the project/programme on your premises.

Download the latest circular from the Department of Health re Managing and preventing coronavirus infection in the workplace, here: circular-h-70-of-2020-preventing-and-managing-coronavirus-infection-in-the-workplace-6-may-2020

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.

 

4 May 2020

1 May 2020

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has published new Regulations that will repeal and replace the Covid-19 Regulations applied up to date. Most importantly for the NEXT SEVEN DAYS (1 to 7 May) the latest regulations now allow for all these workers to return home without permits or screening during the window period (1 to 7 May).

Many of the restrictions have been repeated in the new regulations which enter into operation on the 1st of May. However, please read the ‘Interpretation of Cogta’ below.

NOTE: Regarding the transport of seasonal workers returning to their homes: There is a once-off exception for those not in their ordinary residence during the lockdown to return home.

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

  • Contact national hotline at 0800 029 999 or
  • Western Cape provincial hotline at 021 928 4102
  • WhatsApp “Hi” to 0600 123 456 or
  • e-mail: dismed@westerncape.gov.za

 

24 April 2020

Vervoer van noodsaaklike (essential) werkers

Hortgro wil weereens beaam dat dit elke produsent se eie keuse is, of seisoenswerkers huis toe gestuur word, aldan nie. Indien u wel so besluit, gebruik asseblief die protokol dokumente soos vroeër aan u gestuur. Maak seker dat elke werker ‘n permit het, ID, en die ander nodige dokumente soos aangedui in die protokol.

Te kort aan mediese voorraad/termometers

Daar is ‘n tekort aan mediese toerusting soos infrarooi-skandeer-termometers. Sien asseblief hieronder ‘n lys verskaffers (van die departement van gesondheid) wat moontlik kan help met bestellings. Indien u nie ‘n termometer het of te koop kry nie, leen een, of vra raad by u naaste kliniek/mediese sentrum.

Thermometer Suppliers

Oorskakeling na Vlak 4 Inperking

President Cyril Ramaphosa het gisteraand aangekondig dat inperkingsregulasies op 1 Mei verslap sal word, waarna daar van vlak 5 na vlak 4 oorgeskakel sal word.

Lees die president se toespraak hier:ramaphosa-sa-response-to-covid19-23-april-2020

Wat beteken die verskillende vlakke?

Vlak 5 beteken dat drastiese maatreëls nodig is om die verspreiding van die virus te keer en om lewens te red – dit is die huidige toestand tot 30 April 2020.

Vlak 4 beteken dat sommige aktiwiteite toegelaat sal word om te hervat onderhewig aan uiterste voorsorgmaatreëls wat vereis word (streng higiëniese maatreëls) om die virusoordrag en uitbreking in gemeenskappe te beperk.

Vlak 3 behels die verligting van sommige beperkings, insluitend werk- en sosiale aktiwiteite, om ‘n hoë-risiko van oordrag aan te spreek.

Vlak 2 behels die verdere verligting van beperkings, maar die handhawing van fisieke afstand en beperkings op sommige ontspannings- en sosiale aktiwiteite om ‘n tweede fase van die virus te voorkom.

Vlak 1 beteken dat die meeste normale aktiwiteite weer kan hervat word, met voorsorgmaatreëls en gesondheidsriglyne wat te alle tye gevolg word.

Om te verseker dat reaksie op die pandemie so akkuraat en doelgerig as moontlik is, sal daar ‘n nasionale vlak en afsonderlike vlakke wees vir elke provinsie, distrik en metro in die land.

Ons voorsien dus nie, dat daar enige dramatiese veranderinge vir die sagtevrugtebedryf sal wees nie, aangesien ons redelik goed operasioneel kon funksioneer tydens Vlak 5. Ons wag op die onderskeie ministers om die detail van die regulasies deur te gee, en sal sodra ons die nodige dokumente ontvang, dit aan u kommunikeer.

Agriculture Scenarios

Please find a document prepared by Dr Dirk Troskie, Director: Business Planning and Strategy, WCDOA, providing an overview of how Covid-19 is impacting agriculture in the province, here:agricultural-scenariosc

CIPC REGISTRATION AND PERMITS

Government again reiterated that the CIPC registration certificate is not a permit. The self-issue permits issued by employers is the only document with legal force that can permit employees to perform essential services to be exempted from certain restrictions. So whilst the CIPC may be issuing new registration certificates, the legal document remains the essential service permit and this does not expire. Hence there is no need for employers to issue new permits to essential employees.

In a media release, the Dtic stated that companies, who are registered through the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission’s (CIPC) BizPortal to perform essential services during the lockdown period, will be required to have a new certificate from the BizPortal website for the extended period, which starts 17 April 2020. The certificate will be sent via email using the details provided at the time of registration and was also available for download. Companies will receive the certificates and the full list of registered companies will have received their certificates by the weekend. The new certificate will clearly state that it is for the extended lockdown period, starting 17 April 2020, and South African Police Service officials will be told which certificates to look for.

8 April – LABOUR INSPECTIONS

The Department of Employment and Labour are still conducting inspections at the sites of employers who are performing essential services during the lockdown. Employers who are permitted to continue operating during the lockdown, have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees during this time.

Please find a checklist, utilised by the Department to conduct inspections, to assist employers in ensuring that they are compliant with health and safety requirements.

Employers are advised to comply with all requirements in order to safeguard employees and avoid liability and legal action. Watch a video from Applethwaite Farm, Elgin, showing preventative hygiene measures during lockdown. Thank you Dekker Esterhuyse from Capespan Agri for filming for us. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dODX3ZYAm7s

 

31 March 2020 – TRANSPORT REGULATIONS

Important new regulation published by the Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, on 31 March 2020 in Government Gazette regarding transport of workers and product. Most important highlights as follows:

  1. Public Transport permitted to ferry essential services workers will operate from 05h00 to 10h00 and from 16h00 to 20h00 (regulations explain further).
  2. During the lockdown period and unless determined by the Minister of Transport, private institutions or companies may make arrangements for the transportation of their workers who are rendering essentials services as listed in Annexure B in line with the operating shifts, work time schedules as determined by the responsible head of operations, Manager, Head of the Department or a person with responsible authority within such institution; and
  3. The operating shifts or work schedules or time table should be stamped and signed by such person with authority as contemplated in direction 6(6) (a).
  4. Public Transport vehicles must reduce their maximum licensed passenger seating capacity by 70% with no masks (regulations explain scenarios)
  5. During the lockdown period, all Minibus and Midibus taxi vehicles are permitted to load their maximum 100% passenger loading capacity as provided in the operating license on condition that all passengers are wearing masks.
  6. Public transport operators must put measures in place to adhere to social distancing to curb the spread of the virus.

Download full document here: dot.public.transport.ggazette.43186.31mar20.pdf-003

30 March 2020

It is not compulsory, but strongly advisable, to register on the DTIC’s essential trade portal. In the future it might benefit companies who might request financial aid if they have registered.  Find a step-by-step guide to register here: 

The Department of Employment and Labour (DOL) provided the following documentation regarding labour issues:

COVID-19 RESOURCE DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOAD:

HORTGRO STAFF AT YOUR SERVICE:

  • Finance: Louis van Zyl (083 658 8156 ) of Theunis Basson (082 830 5855)
  • 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)

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