The President recently announced a nation-wide lockdown in South Africa for 21 days from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020 until midnight on Thursday 16 April 2020.
The effect of the lockdown is that many businesses will need to close and employees will not be able to go to work. Many employers are asking whether they need to continue to pay their employees in these circumstances.
During the lockdown there will be three categories of employees:
employees designated as ‘essential staff’ in essential businesses, who would continue to work and should continue to be paid;
employees who are not in essential businesses but who can work remotely, and who would accordingly continue to be paid; and
employees who are not in essential businesses and who cannot work remotely.