DVT has over 500 DVT staff who operate from offices across South Africa; in Johannesburg, Centurion, Cape Town and Durban. Additionally, we have staff at the premises of more than 50 clients and almost 100 learners based at our partner, Dynamic DNA's offices in Randburg. We, therefore, recognise the importance of DVT acting swiftly and decisively.
Our top priorities remain the safety of our employees and clients, helping to curb the spread of the virus and to ensure the continuity of the business operations of DVT and those of our clients where we are engaged on specific assignments.
Some of the specific steps we are taking in this regard are:
- Ensuring all DVT’s staff are setup to be able to work from home for extended periods. Where required we will assist with Internet access, upgrading of laptop batteries, access to collaboration tools, etc.
- Engaging with all our clients and urging them to test remote work urgently in order to iron out any potential issues with DVT staff working from home for extended periods.
- Encouraging our staff to work from home where possible. Social distancing has been recommend as one of the best measures to curb the spread of the virus and flatten the peak curve. We appeal to our clients and business partners to do the same. DVT will ensure that our staff are geared towards working from home so that they can continue to deliver at a high velocity to ensure no impact on client deliverables.
- Constantly monitoring conditions on the ground to escalate to mandatory ‘working remotely’ when necessary.
- Monitoring the specific steps and policies introduced by our clients to combat the virus and abiding to it.
- Reduced social density in DVT's offices by encouraging people to work from home and increasing the physical distance between people in our offices. As an example, we are actively preventing people from sitting in desks alongside each other.
- Increasing hygiene measures in our offices by replacing finger-print access with RFID access and increasing the availability of hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial sprays throughout our offices as well as many other practical measures.
- Providing our staff with a guide on how to deal with COVID-19 in terms of remote work, working at DVT offices and at client premises. This includes ensuring staff stay at home if they suspect that they may have contracted the virus and steps on how to proceed.
- Setting up a central COVID-19 support system to deal with any questions our staff may have in dealing with COVID-19 or implementing the DVT guide for COVID-19.
- Mandated our staff to report COVID-19 instances and risks to DVT.
- Ceased all international employee business travel.
- Implemented rules around self-isolation for staff that have travelled internationally.
- Ceased all domestic employee business travel and have strongly advised against personal employee domestic travel.
- Cancelled all DVT events for the foreseeable future and we are abiding by the rule of no more than 100 persons at any social gathering or event.
We will continue to monitor the situation on a regular basis and adjust our response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure a safe environment for our employees and clients and to ensure work can continue on all DVT client engagements.
We realise that because of the collective action we are all taking, that we can control the spread of the virus and the potential harm to people, businesses and the South African economy at large.