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Tackling the Coronavirus: advice and support for your business

As a trusted partner to millions of customers worldwide, we understand the impact the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having. We want you to know: we're here to help. In this hub, you'll find practical, straightforward advice on tackling the challenges you're facing and quick access to expert product support.

How Covid-19 relief measures will affect the employer

All you need to know

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, declared as a national disaster, various relief measures were announced and published. This guide will discuss and explain the relief measures and how these will affect your payroll software and payroll processing.

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Covid-19 Relief Schemes

We have put together a summary of some of the Covid-19 aid packages, relief initiatives and non-financial support available to South African businesses.

Supporting your business in managing your workforce remotely

To help your business navigate the challenges posed by COVID-19, you can sign up for a free trial* of our mobile-ready people-management software, Sage HR (formerly CakeHR).

SMME Covid-19 relief funds & support infographic

We have compiled an infographic outlining the qualifying criteria for the SMME Debt Relief Finance Scheme and the additional support available for South African SMME's.

South Africa's government support portal

View the latest information issued from the South African government about Coronavirus.

World Health Organisation (WHO) updates

View the latest information about Covid-19 as published globally by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Practical help and advice to support you right now

We have a range of supporting articles giving straightforward, practical advice around some key topics from getting financial help to working from home.

How to prepare your people and business for sustainable growth

How to prepare your people and business for sustainable growth

Most people want to be part of an organisation that makes continual strides towards a set of clear, sustainable goals. Easier said than done, though.  Growth stagnates for several reasons, including not having the right skills in-house, dissatisfied customers, or an unclear business strategy.  In this article, we offer advice on how to manage these […]

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Small business data protection: low hanging fruit

Small business data protection: low hanging fruit

The 12-month grace period for South African businesses to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) ends on 30 June 2021. Whether your business is listed as a corporate or sole proprietor, the legislation is binding, with non-compliance penalties of up to R10 million or 10 years in jail. That’s motivation enough to […]

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

In 2012, Sizwe Dladla was unemployed with R1,600 to his name. Instead of using the money to buy groceries, Sizwe decided he needed to make his Rands go further. So, he took a leap of faith and started a business: Last Drop Juice. “I grew up in Orlando West in Soweto where different generations of […]

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Give your business a productivity boost with Sage Marketplace apps

Give your business a productivity boost with Sage Marketplace apps

Welcome to the Sage Marketplace, where a curated selection of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) showcase apps that integrate with Sage Business Cloud solutions. We understand that you need certain things from technology to help you manage your business: security, ease of use, and seamless integration. This allows you to take advantage of said efficiencies and […]

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Unleash your business’s potential with Sage add-ons

Unleash your business’s potential with Sage add-ons

Every business wants to boost performance, streamline processes, and improve on the customer experience. What often happens, though, is that a simple app selection and integration morphs into a drawn-out, pricey, and frustrating experience. This is where the Sage Business Cloud Marketplace can help. It’s the go-to place to find specialist, tested apps to simplify […]

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How to start a business without capital

How to start a business without capital

What do Hewlett-Packard, Subway, and Mattel have in common? Besides being global brands, they all began with almost no start-up capital. Starting a business with no money might seem impossible, but it’s often entirely doable with some clever planning. What’s more, it will teach you to be creative and entrepreneurial and make you less likely […]

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Need a business plan? Start here

Need a business plan? Start here

Whether you’re starting or expanding a company, having a business plan can get you on track and get some detail behind your ideas. However, research from Barclays shows that one in four businesses don’t have a business plan. If you want your business to succeed, there are various tools you’ll need to have at your […]

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Fulltime side hustling: 7 commandments

Fulltime side hustling: 7 commandments

Many of us have fantasised about leaving our day jobs to start a business where we can enjoy the perks of being an owner. Often to the detriment of our personal growth and happiness, we keep these aspirations buried in our imagination. But every now and again, a generation has the decision to start something […]

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Support resources to boost productivity, ensure continuity and enable compliance

Due to government lockdown, we understand that many people are having to work from home and we want to support you in maintaining continuity and productivity during these times of uncertainty. We are committed to supporting our customers in implementing the various tax relief measures that have been announced by government to assist businesses during this time.

Our dedicated compliance and development teams are in the process of implementing the changes, and we will ensure that customers are kept up to date with any product releases and changes.

Live Q&A for Sage 50cloud Pastel (Pastel Partner)

We’re offering an easy way for you to get quick answers to your questions from our Sage experts without having to call us. We’re holding live drop-in Q&A sessions, during the year-end period, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, where you can put your questions to us online.

  • Quick response - always within minutes, but usually in seconds
  • Interactive demos - we can show you how to perform a process on screen
  • Share knowledge - your query may have already been asked and answered, visibility of other people's questions allows you to observe and learn
  • Dedicated team - contact Q&A experts and refer to the same person if required

    Do you have a question? Why not join a live Q&A session now!

A message from Pieter Bensch

Executive Vice President, Africa and Middle East

We recognise that the COVID-19 coronavirus presents one of the most severe challenges we’ve ever faced. This pandemic is pulling us together – as Sage colleagues, customers, partners but also as parents, families and communities.

Photo of Pieter Bensch: Sage Executive Vice President, Africa and Middle East

Sage Legal Disclaimer

The information contained herein is for general guidance purposes only. It should not be taken for, nor is it intended as, legal advice. We would like to stress that there is no substitute for customers making their own detailed investigations or seeking their own legal advice if they are unsure about the implications of trade on their businesses.

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information provided herein is correct and up to date, Sage makes no promises as to completeness or accuracy and the information is delivered on an “as is” basis without any warranties, express or implied. Sage will not accept any liability for errors or omissions and will not be liable for any damage (including, without limitation, damage for loss of business or loss of profits) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of or reliance on this information or from any action or decisions taken as a result of using this information.