South Africa Braces to Curb the Spread of Coronavirus

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a state of national disaster in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. He said in an address to the nation on Sunday “We have decided to take urgent and drastic measures to manage the disease, protect the people of our country and to reduce the impact of the virus on our society and on our economy. There can be no half measures.


“It is true that we are facing a grave emergency, but if we act together, if we act now and if we act decisively, I am sure we will overcome it”, he said.


Some of the immediate measures include travel bans on some nationals, particularly from high risk countries, shutting down schools, banning public gatherings of more than 100 people and closing of majority of ports.  The state is finalising a further package of measures to minimise the effect of the global pandemic on the economy, he said.


Business Continuity

While it is business as usual and we are functioning at full capacity, we fully recognise both the seriousness of the situation and our responsibility as members of the global community to do all that we can to minimise the risk of the virus spreading further – to our people, to our clients and to the wider population.


Our setup, with regards to both technology and our systems, caters for contingencies like this and enables us to operate effectively without interruption.  We can assure you that all deadlines and work commitments will be honoured as usual.


We are taking all measures necessary including

  • intensifying the hygiene control measures in our office
  • discouraging staff from local travel
  • conducting contact /client meetings virtually.


Should you have any concerns, please contact one of our management team immediately:


+27 (0) 71 898 0469:  Heinrich Van Deventer (Tax Manager),

+27 (0) 72 598 5903:  Katy Martins (Director Business Development)

+27 (0) 83 420 3961:  Lingum Govender (Director)


Risk Management Guide

In closing, we would like to share a guide, developed by BDO’s Hong Kong Risk Advisory team, that we believe will help provide you with some clarity around the relevant impacts of COVID-19 on organisations.


It provides general risk response guidance for companies to consider when deploying business continuity planning (BCP) measures to combat the epidemic and, more importantly, to maintain the agility to overcome the difficulties faced.


We understand that a single set of procedures or responses might not fit all organisations or each company’s individual situation. The guide is not specific to South Africa but has some very useful information that all businesses can benefit from.




Reference | BDO South Africa | Website:

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