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The COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa coming into effect today at midnight leaves many South African businesses distressed as business 'unusual' will come with great ramifications for many.

Take a look at this document on Relief Fund Measures for Businesses for more information on what support will be made available to South African businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Click here to view Relief Fund Measures for Businesses, 24 March 2020

BUSA has released a media statement on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 regarding a solidarity fund for South Africans during the COVID-19 crisis.

The focus of the fund is to alleviate the suffering and distress caused by the virus on our country and will mobilise the support of business and civil society in support of government’s efforts in response to COVID-19.

Click here to view the media release

On Monday, 23 March, our President Cyril Ramaphosa took the very necessary decision to put our beloved country into a 21-day lockdown making South African lives a priority focus. While we radically adjust our lives in preparation for the lockdown we need to prep and prime some new parameters for maintaining our businesses until we have overcome this crisis and we have sight of what 'business as usual' could look like post-crisis.

Marnus Broodryk - Entrepreneur, best-selling author of '90 Rules for Entrepreneurs' and Shark on Shark Tank SA - has put together a fantastic and comprehensive survival guide for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to view The Small Business COVID-19 Survival Guide - including 90 ideas to help SMEs and entrepreneurs survive the new Coronavirus