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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 and the recent civil unrest tax relief measures will affect the employers

All you need to know

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, declared as a national disaster, and the recent civil unrest, 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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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.

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.

Direct vs indirect distribution: Choosing a channel

Direct vs indirect distribution: Choosing a channel

How your product reaches your consumer can be just as important as the problem it solves. An efficient delivery mechanism can positively impact your customer experience – the beating heart of modern branding – as well as your bottom line.   To help you understand how products reach the end consumer and perhaps think about which channel best suits your business, meet the fictional Lindiwe. She’s a local entrepreneur who’s about to take beautifully designed, build-it-yourself work sheds to market.   […]

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6 ways automation benefits accountants and SMEs

6 ways automation benefits accountants and SMEs

Cloud accounting solutions have been growing progressively more important over the years. Automation has become particularly desirable during the COVID-19 pandemic.  With the future uncertain, many businesses are trying to keep their costs to a minimum. So, it might seem nonsensical to invest in accounting automation software, but with 64.4% of SMEs already using accounting software, not investing leaves you at risk […]

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Ensuring resilience in the face of rising unemployment

Ensuring resilience in the face of rising unemployment

One in three South Africans are currently without a job, as the country battles its highest unemployment rate since 2008. Things could get worse, with new data from Stats SA suggesting that, by the third quarter, the number of jobless people could reach eight million. These figures follow the July civil unrest in the country, […]

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“We have more time for our clients”: Accountant on Sage’s new VAT 201 feature

“We have more time for our clients”: Accountant on Sage’s new VAT 201 feature

VAT submissions take up a lot of time. Human error, manual entries, and cross-checking in between makes this task one of the most dreaded in accounting. Now, thanks to VAT eFiling for Sage Business Cloud Accountants Edition, accountants can automate the VAT 201 submission process. From preparation to submission, and tracking VAT 201 declarations directly […]

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SMEs rate these 3 technologies as crucial to business resilience

SMEs rate these 3 technologies as crucial to business resilience

There are upsides to having your business enter survival mode. Necessity strips away cost and drives innovation. On the softer side, it rejuvenates an appreciation for your people and customers. All-in, those that do manage to skirt insolvency tend to come out the other side more resilient, albeit with a few bruises. This is where […]

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How tech can enable more women in the workforce

How tech can enable more women in the workforce

As we concluded Women’s Month in August, we were served a bitter and cold dish in the form of Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for Q2 2021, with South Africa recording the highest unemployment rate since 2008.  Around 34% of the population is unemployed. That’s 7.8 million jobless people, the majority of which are women. The rate of unemployment among women is 36.8%, compared to 32.4% among men. What’s more, men are more likely to be in paid employment than women, […]

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Switch to the cloud in 4 steps

Switch to the cloud in 4 steps

Switching to the cloud can be daunting for small businesses. This article breaks the process down into four manageable steps to ensure success.

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Small business guide to succession planning

Small business guide to succession planning

One day, you might decide to sell your business, retire, or try something else. A succession plan will ensure a smooth exit or transition.

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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.

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

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