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COVID-19 Small Industrial Finance Distress Fund

Published: May 26th, 2020
COVID-19 Small Industrial Finance Distress Fund R300 million COVID-19 Small Industrial Finance Distress Fund

The IDC has established a R300-million Covid-19 Small Industrial Finance Distress Fund to assist qualifying IDC clients, as well as new clients, that have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apply online for relief

Exploring ways to bring relief to the people and businesses of greater Bitou

Published: May 26th, 2020
Exploring ways to bring relief to the people and businesses of greater Bitou From the CEO’s desk

Dear members of the Plett Tourism Industry,

Marius Venter, CEO Plett Tourism

I would like to start this letter by extending my very sincere gratitude to each one of you for the role you are playing in contributing towards the defeat of the COVID-19 Coronavirus by implementing all the required protocols to keep your employees and both present and future customers safe. It is vital that each of us diligently follow these protocols at all times if we are to negotiate ourselves through this crisis in the shortest possible period of time.  

I hope you and your family are and remain safe and secure. This has been a ...more


Watch: How a town came together to help feed their people

Published: May 26th, 2020
Watch: How a town came together to help feed their people

Food is life, and all life is sacred. If we're going to save the lives of our people, we need to feed them.

No life is worth losing and no mouths should have to go hungry because of the corona-virus pandemic.

The people of Plett came together during lockdown to feed those in need, and they are still doing so.

With your help, no one will go hungry, and fewer lives will be lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Huge thanks to all the people who have helped out in the food relief schemes in this video, and to Daron Chatz, Grace Harrison and Carmen Van Der Westhuizen for bringing it to you by producing this video.

Find out how you can ...more

Lockdown Level 3 Guidelines

Published: May 26th, 2020
Lockdown Level 3 Guidelines

On 01 June 2020, South Africa will move to Lockdown Level 3.

Make sure you follow the new regulations and guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19.


Social distancing a major concern in Kwano and joggers need safer spaces to exercise

Published: May 22nd, 2020
Social distancing a major concern in Kwano and joggers need safer spaces to exercise Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Social distancing is a major concern in Kwano and joggers need safer spaces to exercise

As someone who stays in a township I know first-hand how social distancing and staying indoors can be a nightmare for many families living in these areas, and being part of an initiative that delivers food parcels to those in need, I have seen first-hand how families are really struggling to make ends meet.

I have also seen how many of these families are squeezed together like sardines, making social distancing really not practical, but some behaviours cannot go without reprimand, alas, especially in ...more


How to screen your staff for COVID-19

Published: May 21st, 2020
How to screen your staff for COVID-19 Checklist to screen your staff for COVID-19

Garden Route District Municipality has compiled a screening guideline template for businesses to use when screening their staff and workers as they return to the workplace.

Download the template here

Restaurant Safe Operating Procedures for COVID-19

Published: May 21st, 2020
Restaurant Safe Operating Procedures for COVID-19 RASA document on Safe Operating Procedures during COVID-19

The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) in conjunction with IHSS Group has created a document to provide restaurants across South Africa with guidelines during and after the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The document highlights mandatory and recommended actions and control measures to be implemented by employers and managers. As far as reasonably practicable these recommendations have been developed to be suitable for the Restaurant industry.

Download the RASA Document

International tourism faces deepest crisis in history

Published: May 19th, 2020
International tourism faces deepest crisis in history International tourism faces deepest crisis in history

The world is facing an unprecedented global health, social and economic emergency due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.

Travel and tourism is among the most affected sectors. In an unprecedented shock to the tourism sector, the COVID-19 pandemic has cut international tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2020 to a fraction of what they were a year ago.

Available data points to a double-digit decrease of 22% in Q1 2020, with arrivals in March down by 57%. This translates into a loss of 67 million international arrivals and about USD 80 billion in export revenues from international tourism.

Download and read the full article here

Poverty, social relief & economic recovery toolkit

Published: May 19th, 2020
Poverty, social relief & economic recovery toolkit

The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on our communities, informal (spaza shops) and formal (small and medium) scale businesses has led to wide-scale relief responses from the private and public sector.

The Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant will be implemented in terms of the existing avenue provided for by the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) channel, which is administered in accordance with the provisions as set in the Social Assistance Act, 2004. In terms of Regulation 9 (6), social relief may be provided to South African citizens, permanent residents and refugees who have been affected by a disaster.

DETAILS OF SUPPORT:

The amount to be paid to qualifying ...more


Bitou Covid-19 Response Team Newsletter 18 May 2020

Published: May 18th, 2020
Bitou Covid-19 Response Team Newsletter                                                         18 May 2020 Dear Bitou Resident,

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you updated with the latest locally pertinent information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic’s effect on our community as well as the activities of the Response Team to coordinate our local response to the threat.

DONORS
Firstly, a huge thank you to our donors.  We have received a total of R4 064 985 in donations, of which the Bitou Municipality has contributed R200 000 towards the isolation and quarantine facilities, R1 050 000  for food parcels distributed over the Easter weekend and an additional R600 000 which will be donated in the next couple of days to purchase nutritional porridge.  Our total expenditure ...more


Major Plett retailer helping to keep small businesses afloat

Published: May 18th, 2020
Major Plett retailer helping to keep small businesses afloat

A major retailer in Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route region of the Western Cape is helping SMEs to try and stay afloat during COVID-19 lockdown.

KwikSpar in Plett has set up a table in its shop where local restaurants and shop owners who are unable to trade can sell their good.

Watch below:


Rebuild your business in the COVID-19 economy

Published: May 17th, 2020
Rebuild your business in the COVID-19 economy Reshape and rebuild your business in the COVID-19 economy

Wesgro recently held a webinar on getting your business on track during and after the COVID-19 panedimic. Watch below...