24 April: COVID-19 Communique: B4SA Risk Assessment Consideration

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Dear Members

Please review the detailed Risk Findings Report and Risk Adjusted Strategy as mentioned by President Ramaphosa last night.

The Construction Covid 19 rapid Response Task Team (CC19RRT) of which CESA is a roleplayer are working on providing insight to decision makers in the national Command Centre on the co-dependencies between Clients, Consultants, Contractors and Suppliers all of whom for part of the Industry. Any relaxation of risk levels must either be done in total for all roleplayers or at best on a project type (Roads Project is different to a Building Construction Site) basis if not per project, which may be too unwieldy, on submission of details on risk mitigation assurances in accordance with recommendations around PPE, hygiene and social distancing. We believe that this will have to be considered on a case by case basis with a commitment by all in the co-dependant value chain and not an automatic concession applied in a blanket fashion. The slides and documents attached do not contain all of the necessary detail and we will respond according to clarification which is being provided by the Minister Patel today.

Kind Regards

Christopher (Chris) Campbell Pr. Eng.

Chief Executive Officer

Dear colleagues

The South African Government is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Business for South Africa (B4SA), a coalition of volunteer resources from across the South African business community and including leading professional services firms, has come together to support Government in managing and mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on South Africa.

As part of this response, B4SA has performed a comprehensive risk assessment of the significant strategic risks arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Most of the risks faced are not discrete, but are interconnected and form a network of risks with cross dependencies and influences. Further, they are changing rapidly and what was at the apex in one week can become weak or irrelevant in a very short space of time.  In such a situation it is not sufficient to assess the risks using only likelihood and impact.

The Dynamic Risk Assessment (DRA) methodology has been used (survey undertaken on 10 and 11 April 2020) to assist in understanding the complexity of the interconnected risk landscape. B4SA’s risk assessment has gone beyond the conventional two-dimensional approach to depicting risk and has taken a four-dimensional view by including considerations of risk interconnectedness and velocity. This enables consideration of the contagion effect of risks and will assist to identify and highlight those risks which, when addressed, will have the greatest effect on mitigating the other risks.

The DRA analysis is a strong tool to guide action plans, allowing maximum use of the resources available and is being shared with Government and business, as various risk owners, for their consideration.

We are making a request for you to distribute the report to your respective constituents and to assess interest for us to present the results and outcomes of the risk survey to your members.

Given the technical nature of the assessment set out in this report we would encourage participation of the presentation sessions as per the slots below:

Tues, 05 May; 07:30 to 08:30am Tues, 12 May; 07:30 to 08:30am
Wed, 06 May; 07:30 to 08:30am Wed, 13 May; 07:30 to 08:30am
Thurs, 07 May; 07:30 to 08:30am Thurs, 14 May; 07:30 to 08:30am

To enrol for any of the above sessions please contact Daniella de Gouveia:

+27 66 307 0846



In addition to the presentation sessions above, we would be willing to present the report findings in any of your forums as you deem appropriate.

A recording of these sessions will be made available to those members that were not able to attend.

Business continues to stand ready to work with Government to bring its capacity to bear.


Norman Mbazima


Mobile | +27 (0)82 372 5225

Email | norman.mbazima@businessresponsecovid19.co.za

Company email | norman.mbazima@angloamerican.com

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