COVID19 Update from SARS – 30 March 2020

Dear Traders 

 

Please find attached for your information: Announcement by Minister of Finance on Tax measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic  

 

This information has been also been published on: 

http://www.treasury.gov.za/comm_media/press/2020/20200329%20Media%20statement%20-%20COVID-19%20Tax%20Measures.pdf 

http://www.treasury.gov.za/comm_media/press/2020/20200329%20Explanatory%20Notes%20on%20COVID%2019%20Tax%20measures%20-%2029%20March%202020.pdf 

 

SARS social media platforms 

https://web.facebook.com/sarstax 

https://twitter.com/sarstax 

https://www.linkedin.com/company/sars/ 

 

Mineé Hendricks 

Executive: Private Sector Stakeholder Management (act) 

 

Tel +27 12 483 1729 

Cell  +27 82 453 3191   

Email:mhendricks@sars.gov.za 

271 Veale Street, Nieuw Muckleunek 

Landbank Building 

Document download links:

COVID19 Update from dti – 25 March 2020

Dear all

Since the announcement of the total lockdown which will be effected from Thursday, 26 March, midnight, we have been inundated with requests from industry on the understanding of essential manufacturing and services. Please refer to the attached PDF document , which categorizes essential services and goods (check annexure B)

Because the essential manufacturing activities are to continue to assist government in curbing the spread of the virus, with the enforcement of the lockdown, it will mean that no persons will permitted to move around without valid reasons and it is expected that SANDF will be enforcing this rule in all the key checkpoints. We are therefore requested to provide a list of suppliers in the sectors/ products declared as essential as per the attached PDF document.

Please use the attached, and populate should your sector be categorised as such.

NB!!! LOAN FACILITIES

Please note  the following generic email addresses to access the COVID 19 loan facilities:

NEF – Email – covidfund@nefcorp.co.za Tel – 011 305-8888

IDC – covid@idc.co.za or 0860 693 888 or www.idc.co.za

SEFA – 0860 663 7867 and www.smmesa.org.za, applicants can register and apply for funding

Based on the broad categories that were announced by the President on Monday, a number of companies are already asking for exemptions from the lockdown requirements. A process is currently developed and will be shared once available.  Communication will be provided in due course.

It is important to re-emphasise that the rapid spread of the virus should be a major concern for all of us. Any production activities that can be deferred to assist in flattening the curve should seriously be considered. The reality is that there will be significant financial losses on all parties.

Kind regards

Nyakallo Dlambulo (Ms)

Director : Ferrous Metals

Industrial Development Division

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)

CAMPUS

77 Meintjies Street

 Sunnyside PTA 0002

Direct line:   +27 (0) 12 394 5713

Email:           NDlambulo@thedti.gov.za

Website:       www.thedti.gov.za

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COVID19 Update from dti – 2 April 2020

Dear All

FYI

Please see the following link on the South African Government Support for business:

https://www.gov.za/Coronavirus/support-business

 

Kind regards

Nyakallo Dlambulo (Ms)

Director : Ferrous Metals

Industrial Competitiveness and Growth

 

The Department of Trade,Industry and Competition (the dtic)

CAMPUS

77 Meintjies Street

 Sunnyside PTA 0002

 

Direct line:   +27 (0) 12 394 5713

Email:           NDlambulo@thedti.gov.za

Website:       www.thedti.gov.za

COVID19 Update from dti – 26 March 2020

Dear all

Kindly receive the attached information.

  1. Update on the bizportal. By 16h00 this afternoon, 15 000 companies had already registered.
  2. COVID Funding intervention brochure

Best regards

Nyakallo Dlambulo (Ms)

Director : Ferrous Metals

Industrial Development Division

 

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)

CAMPUS

77 Meintjies Street

 Sunnyside PTA 0002

 

Direct line:   +27 (0) 12 394 5713

Email:           NDlambulo@thedti.gov.za

Website:       www.thedti.gov.za

 

COVID19 Update from dti – 27 March 2020

Dear All 

If you are providing essential service or goods, kindly provide us feedback on your experience on the following: 

  • issues with the police/ military 
  • any supplychain issues 
  • any positive or negative factor that may have affected operations 
  • issues with worker transportation etc 
  • any other issue  

I humbly request that you send us the feedback at 10h30 today, by replying to this email. Please indicate where your company is located as well. 

Kind regards 

Nyakallo Dlambulo (Ms) 

Director : Ferrous Metals 

Industrial Development Division 

 

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) 

CAMPUS 

77 Meintjies Street 

 Sunnyside PTA 0002 

Direct line:   +27 (0) 12 394 5713 

Email:           NDlambulo@thedti.gov.za 

Website:       www.thedti.gov.za 

Great Expectations: An Owner’s Guide to Avoiding Disputes Related to Roof Cladding

Other than on basic social housing the current resurgence of metal-clad roofs on all types of residential buildings has increased the emphasis on aesthetics, durability of materials and quality of workmanship with the visual aspect often being a major feature of the overall design. However, the emphasis can vary with the category and type of residence i.e. freestanding or multifamily and first time, family or downsize homes. Budgetary constraints are an important factor with first time buyers whereas downsize buyers are the most discerning.

Although first time buyers tend to take a short term view when it comes to durability to save on cost the expectations for best quality workmanship remain constant across all types. Whilst there is a core of reputable builders, unfortunately there is a large percentage to whom quality and integrity are not a characteristic, particularly in the less affluent and first time sectors where the installation is often undertaken by unskilled chancers. Another negative factor is the construction is not overseen by an architect with inexperienced owners and owner-builders being taken for a ride.

We are increasingly being contacted by aggrieved owners where the roof cladding has either developed blotches, usually due to touchup of the coating mechanically damaged and/or scratched by following trades after the cladding has been installed (it is amazing how many builders consider the roof cladding as a work surface, it is a waterproof membrane and needs to be treated as such), faded prematurely, invariably due to inferior materials being substituted for those originally specified and which would have carried a performance warranty. Leaking flashings or leaks where paint-on membranes have been substituted for metal flashings together with rusting fasteners are another regular complaint.

In order to avoid acrimonious and stressful disputes we recommend owners consider the following before entering into a contract;

  • Ensure quotations detail the products to be supplied and are as per your specification. Be on your guard for terms such as similar or equivalent and check with the specifier before accepting them. Also ensure that the builder adheres to this requirement if he intends sub-contracting the installation of the cladding or roof structure and cladding.
  • All exposed fasteners are at least Class-3 and preferably Class-4 in polluted and coastal areas or in accordance with the coil manufacture’s warranty conditions.
  • Make it clear (preferably in writing) the workmanship is to be in accordance with cladding industry best practice.
  • Check the contractor is an approved erector of the cladding profiler (manufacturer).
  • Insist that the roof structure will comply with the requirements of either SANS 10243 (timber) or SANS 517 (light steel frame buildings) in addition to SANS 10400 Part-L: Roofs

IN ESSENCE ENSURE THERE IS A MEETING-OF-MINDS WHEN ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT.

For additional information and topics pertaining to metal cladding please visit the SAMCRA website.      

Rainwater Harvesting

During December 2019 the SABS published SANS 1088 Water efficiency in buildings which will ultimately in one form or another become SANS 10400 –XB when the Minister for Trade & Industry updates the National Building Regulations. We anticipate this will commence during 2020. The standard applies to the following occupancy and building classifications as defined in SANS 10400-A;

  • A3 Place of instruction
  • E1 Place of detention
  • G1 Offices including banks, consulting rooms, etc. 
  • H1 Hotel
  • H2 Dormitory
  • H3 Domestic residence
  • H4 Dwelling house
  • H5 Hospitality

The amount to be harvested is dependent on location with the country having been divided into six districts categorized by mean annual rainfall. In addition to a map Table-3 lists all cities and towns, by province, by mean annual rainfall.

Tables 4a & 4b list the minimum storage capacity required per roof area for each category whereas Table 4c lists the additional requirement for swimming and spa pools. A further requirement is that pools have to be ‘potable water neutral’ i.e. not requiring the use of potable water other than for initial filling, top-up is to be from harvested rainwater plus pools requiring to be backwashed are to be fitted with a holding tank for treating and returning a minimum of 70% of the backwashed water to the pool. External pools to be fitted with a cover.

An important point to note is that in terms of the Water Services raw harvested rainwater is not considered potable and storage reservoirs are to be fitted with a warning sign to that effect.

Please visit  www.samcra.co.za for other articles and papers on subjects pertaining to cladding.

The SAISC Members’ Code of Ethics

All members of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction go through a comprehensive application process and commit to our code of ethics, agreeing to conduct themselves in a way that is:

  • Honourable
  • Proactive
  • Professional
  • Respectful
  • Discreet
  • Fair
  • Law Abiding
  • Vigilant
  • Responsible
  • Active
  • Engaged
  • Compliant

To download a detailed copy of the SAISC Code of Ethics

 

Steel Awards 2020 entries are open – Enter the projects you are proud of!

Steel Awards is an opportunity to put your hard work on display. No matter how big or small, enter the projects that you are proud of!

All entered projects will appear in the Steel Construction Journal, will be featured on the SAISC website and will be promoted across social media platforms. Finalists will be showcased at the Gala Dinners, and the winning projects will be featured in a dynamic profile video.

In light of the pending COVID-19 national lockdown, the nomination deadline for Steel Awards 2020 projects has been extended to Friday, the 1 May 2020.

Please ensure that the below documentation and all supporting media are included when submitting your project nomination on or before 1 May 2020.

Please contact Liezel Weber at liezel@saisc.co.za or on 060 468 4602 for any submission queries.

To view the Conditions of Entry, please click HERE