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  • Capstone Seeds SA

COVID-19 Virus 21-day National Lock Down

Seed Industry may continue to operate.

Good day to all our valued employees, co-operatives and farmers.

After President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on Monday night 23rd March 2020 announcing the 21-day national lock down. We had discussions with SANSOR, and the seed industry is allowed and must continue to operate during these difficult times. We will play a vital role in the continuation of the food supply chain.

AS COVID-19 has been declared a national disaster and classified as a pandemic, and with the speed at which the virus is spreading we are tasked with relooking at our business operations to help flatten the infection curve and keep all our stakeholders safe.

This is why we’d like you all to pay extra attention and implement the following guidelines:

Working from home:

  • Our staff members will work from home where this is possible.

  • In a case where staff can not work from home, they will practice all safety guidelines laid out by the government.

  • Gloves, masks and sanitizer will be available to all staff that have to come onto work premises.

  • Factory and warehouse staff will be needed to work onsite but we will run skeleton staff to ensure staff can practice the 1.5m social distancing.

  • Our sales reps will work remotely. They will be available for any sales support via email, sms, phone, Skype and/or WhatsApp.

Visitors policy:

  • Effective immediately, we’re restricting visits from external partners, customers, candidates and any other guests in our offices. Please cancel any meetings you’ve already planned with them.

  • We encourage all communication to happen via, email, phone, sms, Skype and/or Whatsapp.

Travel policy:

  • With immediate effect no sales reps will be allowed to travel to call on any stakeholders.

  • Only travel that will be allowed is the delivery of seeds.

Delivery policy:

  • We ask all stakeholders to make our sales reps aware if you or any staff are feeling ill.

  • Our reps and drivers have been instructed to not enter any premises where illness has been reported.

  • Our drivers and sales rep will deliver seed wearing a mask and gloves. Please do not be alarmed. The are not infected. They are merely adhering to the strict health regulations.

Hygiene policy:

We have guided all our staff to the below hygiene practices for their safety and all our stakeholders.

  • Wash your hands regularly throughout the day for at least 20 seconds at a time.

  • Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol – we’ve equipped the office for easy access.

  • Avoid touching your face – especially eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.

  • Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

  • Open the windows regularly to ensure regular fresh air flow.

  • Keep 1.5m distance from others.

The health and safety of all our stakeholders is our top priority.

We ask all to abide by the restrictions laid out by our Government and stand together in the fight against COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Andrew Taylor Director

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