Levels of concern around COVID-19 have certainly ramped up in the last week, and as many of you are aware, on 15 March 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the spread of the virus a “national disaster” in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002.
This Act governs the regulatory effects of a national disaster and allows for extra measures to be taken in addition to existing legislation and contingency arrangements where special circumstances warrant it. Interestingly, in terms of the Act any national state of disaster automatically lapses three months after it has been declared but can be terminated earlier or extended by a notice in the Government Gazette.
What measures are Dommisse Attorneys taking during this time?
- Our team will be working from home for the foreseeable future
- We will limit face to face meetings and meet through online channels only, unless absolutely impossible for a client
- You will be able to contact us on our numbers and email as usual
- If you call the office number it will be forwarded to our friendly assistant Gerry who will get the relevant attorney to return your call
- We will continue “business as usual” as far as possible!
Why do we do this?
- Although we have not been affected directly – meaning that none of our team has shown any symptoms or tested positive for the Coronavirus – we want to be pro-active in support of the national approach to do whatever we can to limit the virus from spreading as much as possible.
- We also do this, because we can! As a law firm that embraces technology and the advantages it offers, we are able to do this without too much of a direct effect – except of course that we will miss the face time with fellow team members and clients!
All the best to all our clients during this challenging time. And remember that we are continuing business as usual – remotely!