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Essential Service Business

The President of South Africa has declared a National Lockdown from 26 March 2020 until 16 April 2020. During that period only businesses that provide essential services are allowed to open and trade. Those businesses need to apply to for a certificate in order to trade. Supplying incorrect information is a criminal offense and will lead to prosecution.

All enterprises operating within the borders of the Republic of South Africa are expected to be closed during the lockdown period. Only enterprises which produce and/or provide, and/or distribute goods and services listed below are exempted from the restrictions contemplated in the regulation issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act. Note, absolute minimum staff necessary to operate safely.

Businesses can only apply if they belong to this list of essential services categories:

  • Health, Medical, Laboratory and medical services
  • Emergency services, Disaster, Fire, EMS
  • Finance, Banking, JSE/exchangers, insurance
  • Production and sale Category A regulations goods
  • Grocery stores, Spaza shops
  • Electricity, water, gas, fuel supply and maintain
  • Care services, social relief of distressed
  • Funeral service, mortuaries
  • Wildlife, anti-poaching, animal care, veterinary
  • Newspaper, broadcasting, telecommunications
  • Hygiene chemicals, medical, pharmaceutical
  • Cleaning, sanitation, sewerage, waste removal
  • Postal, courier, transport of medical products
  • Private security services
  • Air-traffic, Civil Aviation, Cargo Shipping
  • Essential mining, Gold, gold refinery, coal
  • Hotels, Accommodation, quarantine and isolation
  • Supply, critical repair on essential service
  • Transport essential staff, good and patients
  • Tow trucks, vehicle recovery
  • Call Centre for health safety social support
  • Harvest and storage agricultural goods
  • Trouble

Relief and Funding Available

During the lockdown there will be various funding for businesses that struggle. These are the different funds out there and the qualifying criteria and how to apply.

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We require the following listed documents from close corporations, companies and trusts in order to process the application and conduct a comprehensive due diligence of the business. Please have these on hand for a faster experience. If approved, you can expect to receive the financial assistance within 7 working days

  • Annual financial statements for the financial period ended 28 February 2019, signed off by a professional accountant
  • Management accounts for the period 01 March 2019 until at least 31 December 2019
  • The latest available EMP201 document submitted to SARS, not older than 3 months
  • 3 months bank statements of the business for the period 01 December 2019 to 29 February 2020 to assess operations before the lockdown
  • A rental (premises) statement, not older than 3 months
  • The statements for any other credit agreements such as asset finance or trade finance loan agreements as at 31 January 2020
  • Motivation and supporting documentation clearly illustrating the financial distress suffered by the SME as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Statement of assets and liabilities for the main business owner
  • Copies of Identity Documents of all directors, shareholders, members and trustees, as applicable
  • Copy of marriage certificate including ANC contract, divorce certificate or death certificate, where applicable
  • Company Documents
  • Copy of registration certificate
  • Copy of memorandum of incorporation
  • Copy of the company’s share register
  • Close Corporations
  • Founding Statement
  • Trust documents (if applicable)
    • Copy of the Trust Deed
    • Copy of the Masters Authority certificate
    • Copy of Identity Documents of all Trustees
    • Confirmation of bank account details issued by the relevant bank

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Application Qualifying Criteria

  • The business must have been registered with CIPC by atleast 28 February 2020
  • Company must be 100% owned by South African Citizen
  • Employees must be 70% South Africans
  • Priority will be given to business owned by Woman, Youth, and People with Disabilities
  • Be registered and compliant with SARS and UIF
  • SEDA will assist micro-enterprises to comply and request for assistance must be emailed to
  • Whereas small and medium enterprise must ensure own compliance
  • Registration on the National SMME Database -
  • Proof that the business is negatively affected by COVID-19 pandemic
  • Complete the simplified online application form
  • Company Statutory Documents
  • FICA documents (e.g Municipal accounts, letter from traditional authority)
  • Certified ID Coppies of Directors
  • 3 months Bank Statement
  • Latest Annual Financial Statements or Latest Management Accounts not older than 3 months from date of application - where applicable
  • Business Profile
  • 6 months Cash Flow Projects - where applicable
  • Copy of Lease Agreement or Proof ownership if applying for rental relief
  • If applying for payroll relief, details of employees - as registered with UIF and including banking details - will be required as payroll payments will be made directly to employees
  • SMME employee who are not compliant with UIF must register before applying for relief
  • Facility Statements or Other Funders
  • Detail breakdown on application of funds including salaries, rent, etc.
  • Application Process:
    • Register on
    • Complete online Application Form (to be released on Thursday, 02 April 2020)
    • Upload Require Supporing Documents

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Application Qualifying Criteria

  • From 1 april 2020 for the next 4 months
  • Offers soft loans limited to R500 000 per smme
  • Interest rate is prime - 5% as of current prime is 9 > 750% therefore intrest will be 4.750%
  • Business must be small
  • Loan is only for working capital
  • Business must meet the following:
    • 100% South african Business owned
    • 70% SA Employees
    • SARS Compliant
    • UIF Compliant
    • Registered on SMME database

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Application Qualifying Criteria

  • Must be a formally registered business with Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)
  • Turnover must not exceed R2.5 million per year
  • Must have a valid tax clearance certificate
  • Guaranteed employment for a minimum number of staff for a period of 3 months
  • Proof of minimum wage compliance
  • Must provide proof of UIF registration for employees employed by the business.
  • Be an existing tourism-specific establishment as outline in the scope of application (suppliers and intermediaries are not eligible)
  • Must be in existence for at least one business financial year
  • Prove that the relief is required as a result of the impact of COVID-19
  • Must submit statements of financial position; over 12 months’ bank statement, balance sheet, income statements, cash flow statements
  • Indicate the intended use of the resources
  • Delivery Mechanisms:
    • The relief will be distributed in a spatially equitable manner to ensure that all provinces benefit
    • At least 70% of beneficiaries will be businesses that are Black owned
    • At least 50% of beneficiaries will be businesses that are women owned
    • At least 30% of beneficiaries will be businesses that are youth owned
    • At least 4% of beneficiaries will be businesses that are owned by people with disabilities

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Benefit to assist employers and workers during Coronavirus (COVID 19) lockdown

  • Steps 1: Key Documents required
    • Letter of Authority, on an official company letterhead granting permission to an individual specified to lodge a claim on behalf of the company
    • MOA (completion of the agreement between UIF, Bargaining Council and Employer) · Prescribed template that will require critical information from the employer
    • Evidence/payroll as proof of last three months employee(s) salary(ies)
    • Confirmation of bank account details in the form of certified latest bank statement. All documents submitted will be subject to verification
  • Step 2:
    • Submission Process Submit/transmit all documents as required in Step 1 to UIF via dedicated mailbox:
  • Step 3:
    • Conclusion of the MOA between parties. Payment will only be effected after MOA sign off between the Fund and the Employer/Bargaining Council

Get Help (From BONMAS CONSULTING) See our Packages
Email: or Tel/WhatsApp: 011 568 5349, 012 770 6912

For more information please visit SA Corona Virus website / CDC website