In recent weeks, the world experienced an unprecedented state of disaster which saw countries, in particular South Africa, undergo a paradigm shift in its economic activities, and the way in which its citizens conduct their daily lives. It is true that COVID-19 introduced all of us to what may potentially be the new normal, which, for the most part, heavily restricts the traditional ways of conducting business and the way in which we as people interact with one another.

The new South African regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002, on 29 April 2020, carefully regulates and outlines the rules of conduct for both businesses and individuals, strategically easing the restrictions previously imposed on businesses, employees and the types of services offered during lock down.

Now, this major shift in the usual manner of operations in this country has left us with many questions, regarding our rights, our privileges as citizens, and potential business opportunities that may come from the current, unfamiliar state of affairs.

It is our duty and privilege as attorneys to ensure that we seek out and knowledgeably interpret ways in which you can protect yourselves as individuals and business owners, as well as how you can now pursue your interests with a strategic and legally sound approach.

We have included a link hereunder where you can download the detailed regulations for your convenience.

Disaster Management Act: Regulations: Alert level 4 during Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown