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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.

Budget2021: What a relief for taxpayers

Budget2021: What a relief for taxpayers

With the National Treasury announcing plans in October 2020 to increase the tax take by R40 billion over the next three years, South African businesses and employees undoubtedly encouraged by the news that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will not be introducing major tax hikes in the tax year to come.   Apart from relatively high sin tax […]

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Budget2021: Positive moves on income taxes, but where is the focus on small businesses?

Budget2021: Positive moves on income taxes, but where is the focus on small businesses?

Many taxpayers will be thankful that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s Budget Speech for the 2021/2 tax year offers real relief for people in most income tax brackets rather than the painful tax increases that many of us expected. Yet, his Budget Speech also sets the stage for what is likely to be a slow and difficult recovery from […]

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Tech is replacing accountants, but their new role is much more valuable

Tech is replacing accountants, but their new role is much more valuable

In 2006, I predicted that accounting as we knew it then would be redundant by the turn of the decade. At the time, technology was starting to advance, and accounting scandals dominated the headlines. Two years later, the world plunged into a financial crisis, and the profession was partly responsible. Market for Lemons One reason […]

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Budget2021: How will the Finance Minister fund the UIF COVID-19 TERS benefit?

Budget2021: How will the Finance Minister fund the UIF COVID-19 TERS benefit?

The Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) provides financial relief to South African workers when their employers could not pay them or were required to take compulsory leave during different phases of the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa. We hope the Finance Minister will address the TERS financial implications in the upcoming Budget Speech. When the […]

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What will Budget2021 hold when most businesses and consumers don’t have more to give?

What will Budget2021 hold when most businesses and consumers don’t have more to give?

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni still faces all last year’s challenges such as funding cash-strapped state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and paying a massive public sector wage bill – along with new headaches caused by COVID-19. Following a year of pandemic and lockdowns, South African employees and companies are looking ahead to the annual Budget Speech on 24 […]

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How one township entrepreneur turned R200 into R2.7 million

How one township entrepreneur turned R200 into R2.7 million

In 2014, Brian Malatji decided to start his own business. He quit his job at a manufacturing company that produces gate and garage automation motors, with the intention of using his skills to start his own township security business. “I had everything planned out, including how I’d use my provident fund pay-out to fund my […]

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3 questions to help accountants discover their value proposition

3 questions to help accountants discover their value proposition

I was a bit concerned when the bank called to cancel my client’s finance application meeting. What did we do wrong? What did we forget? Turns out – nothing. In fact, our reports and financials were so thorough that the bank cancelled the meeting because it had more information than it needed to grant my […]

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How to manage a remote workforce with ease

How to manage a remote workforce with ease

Remote working is here to stay. Discover why and how HR software is critical to managing a remote workforce effectively.

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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.

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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.