Alert level 4: COVID-19

Alert level 4

South Africa moved to an alert level 4 status regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since 1 May 2020. Download the Government Gazette dated 29 April 2020 to take note of and implement. Employers must ensure that they are categorised as either an essential service or a permitted service before resuming business activities, as and where authorised.

Health and safety

Download the Government Notice dated 28 April 2020 with regards to health and safety in the workplace regulations. Employers must implement these regulations before resuming business activities, as and where authorised in terms of the Government Gazette during alert level 4.

This pandemic undoubtedly has a wide impact on businesses.  Although we are currently on an alert level 4, businesses’ loss of income and obligation towards employees is still a concern for many employers, especially where employers are unable to pay their employees in full.

Every business is unique and we encourage our members to contact the LWO for advice.  The LWO is available 24/7 to assist employers with regards to labour law.  Please contact the LWO for assistance at 086 110 1828 or if you have any queries in this regard.

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What about the LWO?

The LWO is authorised in terms of the Government Gazette dated 29 April 2020 to provide services to LWO members on the following basis
  • 24/7 telephonic and electronic advice – phone 086 110 1828 or send an e-mail to;
  • Physical services on the work premises of employers who are classified as essential services, or who are permitted to resume business activities under alert level 4.  These services for members are strictly monitored and take place under special conditions from Thursday 7 May 2020.

We confirm that the LWO complies with the set requirements in terms of health and safety in the workplace as per the Government Notice dated 28 April 2020.

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