“The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt,
covered with darkness, and struggle to reach the light.”
– Sandra Kring
It is a month since our last newsletter and, as of 1 June 2020 we have moved to Lockdown Alert Level 3. Our doors are open and it is business as usual for us. Whilst our offices are open, we are committed to keeping our staff and clients safe. We continue to adhere to strict standards of hygiene and health protocols relating to Covid-19, which includes the implementation of an internal Risk Assessment Plan to combat the escalation of Covid-19 and the majority of our staff continue to work from home. Our priority is to keep our clients informed of relevant changes in the law. Even though Covid-19 has brought about a number of unexpected challenges we are rising to those challenges not only to meet your requirements, but to also continue providing you with efficient and professional services.
The Courts, Deeds Office (although currently closed for decontamination due to Covid-19), Master’s Office, and the CCMA are open and beginning to slowly operate. As of 1 June 2020, more sectors in the economy were opened with the exception of a few.
The Minister of Justice has issued directives relating to conduct at the courts. All matters are now being heard and will be heard and dealt with electronically and by way of virtual hearings where possible.
The Master’s Office has also broadened the scope of the services that will be dealt with. Liquidation and Distribution accounts are now being examined. Matters relating to curatorships have now been added to the list and the accounts, as well as issuing of letters of appointment, will now be dealt with. All insolvency matters are also being dealt with.
The proper functioning of the Deed’s Office is currently a challenge, but we are staying up to date with the developments and procedures to offer an efficient service in these times.
It has certainly been a trying time and I would like to once again, on behalf of the partners, extend our thank you to our staff for the manner in which they have and continue to rise to the various challenges in carrying out their duties during this difficult time and a special thank you to all of the clients for your loyalty and support, all of which is greatly valued.
Should you have any questions or require any assistance please feel free to contact me.
Keep well and stay safe.
Clint Van Aswegen