As we continue to piece together the different facets of our lives disrupted by COVID-19, let us take a moment to acknowledge the many men and women who are on the frontlines in the fight against the virus. We also salute all South Africans for heeding President Ramaphosa's call to stay at home as part of the Government's strategy to flatten the curve.
We remained committed to ensuring our Members can enforce and defend their legal rights despite our Branches being closed during the nationwide lockdown. Wherever possible, we enabled our Champions to work from home and made it possible for our Members to communicate online, via Facebook, Twitter and WebChat on both the LegalWise website and App.
We are however pleased to have reopened selected Branches and Claims Hubs on an appointment only basis. More information about the measures we've put in place to keep you, our Champions and Branches COVID-19 free is included in this newsletter.
In response to our President's call and in our continued commitment in ensuring that we play our role in supporting vulnerable communities we donated R1m to the National Solidarity Fund.
Details of our COVID-19 Premium Waiver are included in this newsletter. If you have been temporarily laid-off, are on unpaid leave or you have had to temporarily close your business as a result of the nationwide lockdown and are unable to pay your LegalWise premiums, apply for our COVID-19 Premium Waiver* and we’ll treat your Membership as paid up for 1 month.
We have also made it easier for our Members to pay their premiums. If you pay your premiums by cash or have had a debit order fail due to insufficient funds in your account, simply pay your premiums by clicking the link on the e-mail or SMS we’ll send you. This convenience is made possible through our partnership with Purple Owl Payments, who handle secure online payments on behalf of Legal Expenses Insurance Southern Africa Limited.
For your information, we've included a number of articles in this issue of WiseUp that focus on the impact of the nationwide lockdown in the workplace. If you'd like to read more articles about the legal impacts of the lockdown, please visit our website.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we acknowledge that June is a historic month in South Africa. In commemoration of Youth Day on June 16, we cover a number of articles that focus on the strides we've made as a country to empower our youth as the future leaders of our country. We've also included information on the LegalWise Internship and Bursary Programmes that are aimed at equipping young professionals with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.
We thank you for your continued support. I would like to wish you and your families well over the coming weeks. Stay healthy and let's flatten the curve together.
Chief Executive Officer