In response to the President’s call we have made a R1m contribution towards the National Solidarity Fund.
“We support Government’s decisive approach to contain the spread of the virus and understand that we all have a role to play in helping to fight the spread of the virus and in alleviating the impact of the nationwide lockdown on all South Africans,” commented Siva Gengan, Chief Executive Officer, LegalWise South Africa.
The contribution to the National Solidarity Fund is in addition to R1.4m of socio-economic funding LegalWise has made since July 2019. Investments have been in consumer education, the Member Bursary Programme, the Ikhala Trust, the Message Trust as well as donations to various NGOs and foundations.
The LegalWise executive team have made individual contributions and a call has been made to their employees to make their own contributions to the National Solidarity Fund or to their existing Corporate Social Investment (CSI) partners, such as the Ikhala Trust, The Cradle of Hope and The Message Trust who are focussing their efforts on skills development, employment creation, the supply of personal protection equipment (PPEs) and feeding schemes.
“We have a proud history of employee volunteering through our Impilo programme and payroll giving and understand that participation is personal and needs to be on a voluntary basis. We have therefore set-up mechanisms to allow our Champions to contribute what they can over the coming months,” says Siva.
LegalWise has also instituted a range of measures to help stop the spread of the virus and to support their employees and Members to help them cope with the effects of the nationwide lockdown.
Measures to assist Members include, postponing the annual premium increase, scheduled from July 2020, introducing a special COVID-19 Premium Waiver and enabling Members to communicate via Facebook, Twitter and WebChat on both the LegalWise website & App.
Employees, wherever possible, have been enabled to work from home, have been supported by regular communication, have access to LegalWise wellness and financial assistance partners, should they or a family member need counselling, support or financial advice during this period. In role families not able to work remotely, employees remain on paid ex-gratia leave at present.
“We are committed to ensuring that we play our role in stopping the spread of the disease, supporting our Champions and assisting vulnerable communities all while still ensuring that we are able to help our Members to enforce and defend their legal rights,” concluded Siva.