Printing SA has updated the industry with notices following the president’s recent speech.
On Thursday 23 April, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would resume economic activity in a phased approach from 1 May 2020. Although the statement brought about much relief for sectors of the economy that will be allowed to resume operations, Printing SA felt that the published list of sectors that would be eligible for this reprieve was rather vague and did not explicitly categorise our industry as one which had been factored in the determination of these critical sectors.
Since the address, Printing SA have fielded numerous requests from members wanting to find out if the printing, packaging and signage sectors had been included under one of the listed sectors in an indirect and implied manner. In light of these numerous requests, we will be submitting an official request for clarity on this matter to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and await further feedback as to which sub-sectors in relation to our industry, can resume operations on the 1st May 2020. As it is cognisant of the urgency of relaying the final decision to its members, Printing SA will be working around the clock to solicit a response from the DTI over the next few days.
Printing SA is however aware of the Minister of the DTI’s announcement to notify the nation of the sectors that have been accommodated under this new regulation on the 25 April 2020 at 10am.
Printing SA anticipate that this will not bring about the clarity that it seeks, therefore as per the President’s announcement where government will welcome submissions from industry bodies, Printing SA wish to make a case for its sectors inclusion even after this announcement. Printing SA therefore urge its members to keep a close eye on further updates from them in this regard.
Printing SA would however want to reiterate that stage 4 will only commence on 1 May 2020, which does not mean a full resumption of operations, but merely companies beginning the 1st phase of the process of implementing measures to take the necessary precautions to become operational i.e. deep cleaning of premises, sourcing of the appropriate PPE for employees, issuing of documentation required by employees to resume working, drafting of policies and prevention spectrum that will govern OHS particularly with a focus on COVID-19, before becoming fully operational. Members are NOT currently allowed to begin these processes until 1 May 2020.
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