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News, Resources & SME Solutions for Small Business Relief

UIF :: Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to access the COVID-19 FAQs. Of particular interest is the TERS calculation formula explained in paragraph 10.


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Rebuilding small businesses after COVID-19

The short-term outlook for small businesses varies greatly by industry, it’s important to consider what recovery mode will look like once the economy begins to return to state of normalcy or establishes a new normal.


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Don’t settle for a good life

Although our lives are very different right now, it is a great time to learn and adopt better habits, and prepare ourselves well for the beyond.


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TERS applications: annual leave benefits

For the businesses that have been unable to work during the lockdown, it is important to note that employers are not legally obliged to pay staff and may put staff on lay-off.


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The digitalisation of voice to drive successful collaboration

With people increasingly working remotely, companies must embrace more effective ways of harnessing digital innovations to drive company value.


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How to manage your remote workers

or some individuals this may be an ideal situation as they have already started working from home in a temporary capacity but for many it may be a new experience which they need to adapt to.


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COVID-19 support for South African SMEs: Do you qualify for Tax Relief?

If you’re a South African SME, you can apply for the government’s COVID-19 tax relief. As part of its coronavirus COVID-19 support for South African SMEs, the National Treasury has launched tax relief measures.


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How to start a business that investors will love

You can have the greatest idea, but if no one’s consuming whatever it is that you’re offering, there’s actually no business there.


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How are you coping with COVID-19 stressors?

COVID-19 has shaken the security of our usual routines and presents a new, and therefore largely unknown, threat that is a source of significant stress and anxiety for many people.


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WEBINAR REPLAY :: Rejection proof selling in challenging times

Learn how to conquer fear and have the courage to engage with anyone. When sales people become rejection proof, they start to thrive!


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The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) provides R200m in business support for Small Businesses

Due to the challenges facing SMEs as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the NSBC and its National Partners are proud to offer 100 000 SMEs complimentary membership to the NSBC, each valued at R 1950.


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WEBINAR REPLAY :: How to lead in difficult times

In this interactive interview session, Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) explores how to be the leader your team needs during these times and beyond with business icon, Xolilie Sizani (Servest Group CEO).


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COVID-19 Funding Relief

Discover Absa's COVID-19 Funding Relief toolkit, specific to South African businesses, to help you seamlessly navigate the funding option landscape.


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Too little too late for small businesses

A continued lockdown with no end in sight is not in the best interests of the small business sector and the economy. Small businesses need more direction and assurance so that they can plan and prepare.


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Only 6% of small businesses get relief funding

Findings extracted from the COVID-19 Small Business Survey (Post Level 5 lockdown) released by the NSBC, highlights the continued pain experienced by small businesses coming out of level 5 of the lockdown.


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HEALTH SQUARED helps COVID-19 Small Business Relief Centre

During this national crisis our sole purpose is to support small businesses throughout the nation. The main thing to remember is small businesses are not alone, we’re here to help guide them.


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Nedbank & SimplyBiz® launches innovative BackaBusiness crowdfunding initiative to support entrepreneurs

As the impact of the lockdown in South Africa takes effect, SimplyBiz® powered by Nedbank, has launched the BackaBusiness movement, with crowdfunding platform Thundafund, to drive support for businesses hard-hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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The NSBC is urging Big Business to #PayYourBills

What SMEs don’t need right now, or at any time in fact, is that additional burden of not receiving payment on outstanding invoices.


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Digital Advertising - Business Profile and Google Ads set-up at no cost

Get your business visible online. Get seen in search results, found in Maps and pop up on the websites your customers visit. Get a Business Profile and Ads campaign set-up at no cost.


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WEBINAR :: Key strategies on how to lead in difficult times

Business icon, Xolile Sizani (Servest Group CEO), chats to Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) on how to be the leader your team needs.


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Covid-1 Small Business National Survey Report

Pre-lockdown and Level 4 Full Survey Report & Comparison


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Get the business know-how with the free Essential Guide for Small Businesses

This guide has been developed to make you aware of some of the basic decisions every business owner faces, to better prepare you for your engagements with your bank.


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Coronavirus :: SME Relief Guide

Your Business Funding & Support Guide


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2020 COVID-19 National Small Business Survey

Please help us on our continued quest to help small businesses during these trying times.


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How e-commerce has changed during lockdown

Here is what you can do to generate an income during this time.


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Applying for Coronavirus UIF benefits?

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has set aside R30 billion to help South African workers in distress due to the coronavirus. Here is everything your SME needs to know.


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The COVID-19 lessons business must learn

Although the crisis is still unfolding, it’s already clear that building resilience into your organisational DNA is more important than ever.


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Small Business South Africa: a plea to Big Business and Government

Getting Big Business and Government to pay their small business suppliers on time is one of the biggest challenges facing small businesses and when the problem persists too long, it can ultimately shut down a small business


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Payment holidays: what is the deal?

With the mention of payment holidays, many small businesses breathed a sigh of relief but before you jump at this opportunity there are five questions to think about.


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Graduated lockdown activity levels

This document was released on Saturday, purported in the media to be the official working document.


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How a small business owner should navigate COVID-19

Here are some practical things small businesses can do now to manage their businesses proactively during the coronavirus pandemic.


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Dear small businesses, beware of scammers

The Department of Small Business Development has issued a warning to small businesses against fraudulent agencies soliciting payment to fast track applications for Covid-19 Relief funding.


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Essential services - Coronavirus COVID-19

All businesses that will be allowed to provide essential services are required to seek approval from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) in order for them to trade during the period of the lockdown.


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An extensive guide to COVID-19 funding options

In a recent study by Startup Genome, 42% of small businesses globally have less than three months before they will not be in existence any more. Here are some funding options.


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How to keep your sales team motivated and productive amid Covid-19

In this Webinar you will learn the top things you need to do to keep your sales team moving forward during lockdown.


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Now more than ever, business owners need easy access to quality legal services that won’t break the bank.

Get guidance with COVID19TERS relief fund applications, what your legal responsibilities as an employer are during this period, or managing the productivity of your employees with comprehensive employee management software.


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Work anywhere for a more productive life

The office is no longer limited to the cubicle down the corridor but extends to wherever a person has an internet connection and a mobile device.


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6 ways to keep selling during tough times

Whether it is load-shedding, economic downturns or a pandemic, there will always be tough times when you are in business, but how can you keep selling during these times. Here are six ways to keep selling during tough times.


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Get your home workspace right during COVID-19 extended lockdown

The COVID-19 shutdown is unfamiliar territory for many of us who are not used to spending so much time at home with our families, not to mention working from home.


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Small Business tips for surviving COVID-19

One of the great things about small business is the ability to be agile and move quickly. So we’ve drawn together a few of our top tips to make the best of a very difficult time.


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Creating trust during lockdown

Trust levels are at an all-time low while scamming and payment fraud are at their highest, which is why TruZo has been granted Essential Service Provider status during this national lock down.


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Accessing vital small business funding during tough economic times is possible

Vodacom Financial Services introduced VodaLend which is a disruptive SME business funding product, where applicants can apply online and have an answer within 4 hours.


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COVID-19 forces SMEs into ‘business survival master class’

The COVID-19 situation is hugely challenging, but we are all in this together. Small businesses will need to dig deep and use this time proactively.


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Webinar: Rejection proof selling in challenging times

Learn how to conquer fear and have the courage to engage with anyone. When sales people become rejection proof, they start to thrive! Free Webinar on 22 April at 11h30.


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Food For Mzansi, Grobank bring free webinar

We shall overcome: South African agriculture beyond Covid-19 Thursday, 16 April 2020 from 08:45 to 13:00


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Protect your family by using isolation hotels

To give members diagnosed with COVID-19 the option of isolating away from home, Discovery has partnered with hotel providers to create specifically managed isolation facilities.


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Grobank celebrates 1st birthday with donation, financial distress relief

Grobank firmly believes in the value of partnerships to create long-term value for shareholders, employees, clients and broader society.


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Business productivity for a digital age

Productivity software is about creating an enabling environment for information workers to become more sophisticated content producers.


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Cybersecurity best practice in an online world

Businesses today face an unprecedented number of threats to their data, infrastructure, and systems. Cybersecurity has become one of the most integral components of any digital transformation strategy.


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When times are tough, let your values guide you

While the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic remains unclear, we are all in uncharted territory. Together, we must remain committed to our customers and partners, and more than ever, provide a support system to vulnerable businesses.


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Webinar Replay :: Getting Results - Key strategies for success during COVID19

Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) interviews motivational speaker, author and humourist, Gavin Sharples, on how to help people face the difficult issues in life head-on.


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Replay :: Sales Survival is Business Survival during COVID-19 FREE Webinar

Sales is income and all businesses rely on this for cash flow. In the past few weeks COVID-19 has changed the sales landscape dramatically across all industries with many having a concern on future sales.


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FREE Webinar :: Getting Results - Key strategies for success during COVID19

Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) interviews motivational speaker, author and humourist, Gavin Sharples, on how to help people face the difficult issues in life head-on.


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Fully funded online doctor consultations for Covid-19

Discovery and Vodacom have partnered to deliver a free online healthcare platform for the benefit of all South Africans during the COVID-19 pandemic. This platform provides easy access for all South Africans.


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Absa offers payment relief to customers impacted by COVID-19

Absa Bank has introduced an extensive Payment Relief programme for customers. We realise that this is a difficult time for many South Africans whose livelihoods are impacted by the national lockdown.


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How Discovery Business Insurance will keep you safe and rewarded during COVID-19 containment

You will continue to enjoy the same covers and benefits and you will get even more enhanced benefits during this time.


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Register for the Sales Survival is Business Survival during COVID-19 FREE Webinar

Sales is income and all businesses rely on this for cash flow. In the past few weeks COVID-19 has changed the sales landscape dramatically across all industries with many having a concern on future sales.


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Stay safe, connected and secure

Collaboration and security solutions for teams that work from home


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NSBC Webinar (replay)

Never Surrender - The secret to achieving greatness by Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO)


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Bank contact details for homeowners

Find the contact details of the following South African banks: Standard Bank, ABSA, FNB, Nedbank, Investec, HIP, Ithala and Sentinel Homes for payment holidays or debt relief.


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COVID-19 SME Update

The South African Future Trust will open applications from SA businesses affected by the coronavirus on 3 April. This is aimed at helping businesses to continue operations and retain employees during this time of crisis.


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Herewith a summary of the COVID-19 temporary relief benefit fund

Employers whose businesses have been crippled by the Coronavirus crisis can apply for funding to help cover worker salaries.


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The PayFast COVID-19 Merchant Survival Guide

PayFast developed a PayFast COVID-19 Merchant Survival Guide to give you advice and tips on what you can do to safeguard your business during our new uncertain reality.


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The COVID 19 TERS EASY AID Guide

Click here to download the COVID 19 TERS EASY AID guide


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SME support platform - SA Small Business Unlocked

Lulalend will be sharing up to date practical information for SMEs to steer their way through these tough times, such as expert advice and live Facebook Q&A sessions with recognized experts on relevant topics.


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Funding from the Department of Small Business Development

Businesses who require support or funding can register on the www.smmesa.go.za website developed by the Department of Small Business Development.


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SMME Business Growth Resilience Facility Form

Businesses geared to take advantage of supply opportunities resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic or shortage of goods in the local market.


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SMME Debt Relief Scheme Form

Businesses which are negatively affected, directly or indirectly, due to the Coronavirus pandemic;


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COVID Finance Relief Application Form

COVID-19 SMME Relief Common Template


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Mike Anderson and Jeremy Mansfield talk Small Business Relief on HOT 91.9 FM

Tune in to HOT91.9 FM at 8:10 am daily for Small Business Relief, brought to you by the NSBC - Keeping small businesses in business during this coronavirus crisis.


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Mike Anderson and Mike Mills talk Small Business Relief on Classic FM

Tune in to Classic FM at 8:10 am daily for Small Business Relief, brought to you by the NSBC - Assisting small businesses through Coronavirus economic disruptions.


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COVID19 challenges for small business on Classic FM Breakfast

Listen to the first interview between Mike Mills & Mike Anderson regarding the NSBC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Centre.


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COVID-19 National Small Business Survey reveals deep challenges for Small Businesses

Findings from the pre-lock down COVID -19 National Small Business Survey released by the NSBC


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Remote work tools that will help you keep your business afloat during times of the Coronavirus shutdown

One unified platform to run the entire business online. This is available for free to all businesses around the world till July 1.


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Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) presents Never Surrender – The secret to achieving greatness

Part 1: ‘Business continuation and preparing for success’


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Leanne Rhodes (NSBC Head of Creative) presents How to make working ​​​​​​​from home work

If you're working remotely, then these tips will help you stay productive and maintain balance during these unprecedented times.


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Crisis tips for SMEs

Karl Westvig, CEO at Retail Capital, has pinpointed the visible areas that are affected and outlined a few pointers to help small business owners weather the storm.


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Summary of Lockdown Regulations Published

Herewith a summary of the Regulations published on 25 March 2020 to regulate the lockdown announced by President Ramaphosa on 23 March 2020.


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How do I get CIPC approval to allow me to continue trading?

Businesses who provide essential services are required to apply to the CIPC's Bizportal website to obtain a certificate from the CIPC allowing them to continue trading.


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Join the Google Academy on Air Series: March 30th - April 3rd

Google will be offering a daily selection of 45-minute video sessions covering subjects that Google thinks will be relevant and helpful to you and your business.


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Old Mutual invites you to a free on-line summit aimed at business owners - 28 March 2020

Old Mutual, in partnership with World class summit, is inviting you to attend a COVID-19 online summit - specifically aimed at SMME’s.


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How can I help prevent the spread? [Download]

The Department of Health presents a series of downloadable posters to help educate the public and staff.


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Where do I apply for Small Business Debt Relief from government?

To access the fund, businesses are required to register here. SMEs must demonstrate a direct link to the impact of Covid-19 on their business operations.


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How do I stay informed during this crisis?

The government has a number of helplines and call centres you can access here.


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