South African government announces financial support for South Australians in region and some businesses amid lockdown

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The South Australian government has announced a $ 100 million business support program during the state’s lockdown.

Cash grants of $ 3,000 will be available for small and medium businesses that experience a significant loss of income and independent traders can apply for a grant of $ 1,000.

The South African government will also provide $ 600 in weekly child support to workers in the South Australia region, after areas outside Adelaide were excluded from the Commonwealth’s “hot spot” declaration. , which means that they do not have federal support.

South Australia was plunged into a strict seven-day lockdown last night after a growing cluster of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

The cluster now has six, with more than 50 named exhibition sites.

An estimated 50,000 businesses are expected to be eligible for the new $ 100 million business support program, including gyms, hairdressers, restaurants, cafes and hotels.

“We will compensate the people affected. “

The government said the payments – which will be subject to eligibility conditions – were intended to help business operators cover costs, including rent, utility bills and raw materials.

The application period is expected to open within the next fortnight and businesses can register on the SA Treasury website.

Treasurer Rob Lucas described the measure as “an immediate lifeline for small and medium-sized businesses”.

He said the money had already been set aside in the last state budget.

“The government has emergency funds available for emergencies,” he said.

“What this means is that a very large portion of the money in our emergency budget will be spent on managing the costs – both health and business – of [the lockdown] which means you have less capacity for other emergencies throughout the year. “

To be eligible for grants, companies must have a “payroll of less than $ 10,000, an annual turnover of $ 75,000 or more (in 2020-2021 or 2019-20) and whose turnover is reduced by at least 30% over the seven days. “said the South African government.

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Usually, the busy streets of the CBD are almost empty.(

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Eligible businesses must be located in South Africa, have valid ABNs and, in the case of grants of $ 3,000, employ people in South Africa.

The treasurer said there was the possibility of additional support if the lockdown lasts longer than a week.

Worker hotspot payments extended to regions

Yesterday, the federal government declared the local government areas of Metropolitan Adelaide as well as the Gawler and Adelaide Hills councils as “hot spots,” meaning workers and businesses in those areas can access to payments.

Individuals will receive $ 600 if they lose more than 20 hours of work in the following week, or $ 375 if they lose between 8 and 20 hours of work.

The South African government said today it will fund an expansion of this program to all regions, including parts of the country, outside of declared Commonwealth hot spots.

“There has been a hotspot declaration by the federal government and it will provide some income relief to people in those areas – the Adelaide Metro, Gawler and the Adelaide Hills,” Marshall said.

“We will extend this income relief statewide so that rural dwellers also enjoy the same benefits.”

The treasurer said the measures were aimed at ensuring that all South Australians are supported, whether they “work in Mitcham or Mount Gambier”.

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The treasurer said everyone should be eligible for support whether or not they live in ‘Mitcham or Mount Gambier’ (pictured).(

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He said the state government was “much more generous this time around” than last year, with grants now open to independent traders.

“In the interest of getting money and protecting as many jobs, businesses, individuals and households as possible, it is in our best interest if we can collectively, in terms of the economy of the ‘State, to ensure that as many of these businesses survive and thrive as we can, ”Lucas said.

QR codes for public transport, taxis and carpooling

In another move that will impact businesses, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said QR codes will soon be needed for people taking public transport, taxis and ridesharing services.

He said the computer system has been upgraded so that it can handle more data.

“Obviously, the more data we collect the more effective it is for contact tracers, so we’re pushing it back as soon as possible,” he said.

However, check-in will still not be mandatory at the entrances to shopping malls.

“Our view is that this is acceptable at the moment,” Stevens said.

He also said some smaller police stations would be closed to the public today to allow officers to focus on enforcing the lockdown.

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