On 14 May 2020 the Energy Regulator approved the NERSA COVID-19 Business Continuity Response Plan. This Response Plan provides high-level guidelines on the continuation of NERSA’s operations during the five coronavirus alert levels, based on the relevant restrictions stated for each level.
A compliance report, which is updated with the latest issues from published Regulations, was developed that reflects the full compliance universe of Government regulations and COVID-19 requirements as applicable to NERSA.
Furthermore, three implementation guides consisting of all guidelines, measures, procedures, processes and templates were developed by members of the NERSA COVID-19 Response Committee to ensure that the protocols in the NERSA COVID-19 Business Continuity Response Plan are implemented. The three guides address the following broad categories: Health and Safety; Security and Operations.
The implementation of the protocols and procedures in these three Implementation Guides forms the basis for a decision to allow staff to resume their work at Kulawula House. These are in line with all the relevant Regulations, Directives and Guidelines issued by Government relating building readiness, protection of the staff and access control. The implementation of the protocols and procedures in the Implementation Guide 3: Operations further aims to ensure that working from home can be done effectively. In this regard, NERSA’s work-from-home protocol consists of measures to ensure that all the required enablers to facilitate working from home effectively as well as the effective management of work done from home, are in place.
In terms of Regulations 999, “All persons who are able to work from home must do so. However, persons will be permitted to perform any type of work outside the home, and to travel to and from work and for work purposes, subject to:
Strict adherence with health protocols and social distancing measures;
- The return to work being phased-in in order to put in place measures to make the workplace COVID-19 ready;
- The return to work being done in a manner that avoids and reduces the risk of infection.”
Nominated NERSA staff has access to Kulawula House for a specific task on a specific day or days and only if that work cannot be done remotely. NERSA employees will only be granted access if they have a permit signed by the duly authorised person.
All regulatory meetings and public consultation meetings are being streamed live for stakeholders and the public to follow the proceedings via Twitter.
NERSA is using the MS Teams platform for online meetings. Any meeting can be arranged on this platform, whether it is internal with staff or external with stakeholders.