Unless you have been living under a rock on the disk world the flat earth hangers-on believe in, you would have heard quite a bit about the COVID-19 virus and what scientists tell us we can do to keep ourselves safe(r) from it. I am not going to rehash it here (but please wash your hands, wear a mask, distance yourself and get vaccinated).
SARS has taken a decision to extend the Filing Season deadline for provisional taxpayers, which is currently set for 29 January 2021, to 15 February 2021.
According to the United Nations Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) 3.3 million patents were granted in 2018. However, as far as inventions go, we know the number is much higher. It is a fact that the only constant is change. Everyone over the age of 20 will tell you that this change is accelerating exponentially.
Some feel cheated. We were told ‘this lockdown thing’ will come to an end, and yes, we knew it would not quite mean business to usual, but THIS unusual? And for how long, THIS time? Anger and frustration, fueled by denied addictions and proclivities, are rising. Scathing memes and poisonous comments are setting Facebook and social media on fire. There are growing accusations of class and race prejudice from all sides.
This is not business as usual.
Your staff haven’t simply moved offices. This is not working remotely by choice. This is trying to work from home whilst the world is experiencing an unprecedented crisis, with unpredictable outcomes. Your staff, their families, your suppliers and clients will not react as they ‘normally’ would. In fact, you yourself may not have it as together as you would like others to think…
It is true – the country has been down-graded by the last remaining ratings agency, Moody’s, that thought South Africa was worth investing in – somewhat. It would be really bad news, if we don’t take into consideration that the whole world is facing two crises. We are all battling the COVID-19 virus and markets are volatile everywhere.