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Newsflash February 2021

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Legislative changes

BCEA Earnings Threshold Increase

Effective 1 March 2021, the BCEA earnings threshold will increase from R205 433.30 per annum to R211 596.30 per annum. Therefore, effective 1 March 2021, employees earning in excess of R211 596.30 per annum are excluded from sections 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17(2) and 18(3) of the BCEA. Read more.

Budget Speech 2021

The Budget Speech 2021 is scheduled for Wednesday, 24 February 2021.


National Minimum Wage Increase

The Minister of Employment and Labour published Government Gazette 44136 on 8 February 2021. 


SARS Invitation to identify SMME legal and administrative issues

Employers are invited to give their opinion on any bottlenecks, problems, inefficiencies, and areas of frustration that are experienced by SMME’s by completing the short survey issued by SARS. The results of the survey will help SARS to understand the current issues and to improve the legal framework, systems and administration processes as part of the SARS ‘Vision 2024’ project. Please click here to complete the survey.


Tax and ETI Amendments 2021

The Taxation Laws Amendment Act, 2020 and the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act 2020 were published on 20 January 2021. All changes are effective March 2021, except where mentioned otherwise. View more on Sage City or download a document explaining the most important payroll related amendments according to these Acts.


Payroll Calendar for 2021


Download the 2021 Payroll Calendar.


Tax Table Update


The relevant tax changes and Budget Speech changes for the new tax year 2021/2022 will be released on the evening of 26 February 2021.






The NITA changes to be released on the evening of 24 February 2021.




The Finance Act, 2020 has introduced the following changes to the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA). These changes will be released on the evening of 24 February 2021.


If your employees want to claim life assurance on their spouse’s contributions, you will be enabled to do so by adding multiple life assurance components to the employee’s pay run”). Please refer the knowledgebase article.

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Free Year End Training.


Register for our free year end training course here.


When can I roll over into March?


View our  Sage City article here.


How do I do my Year End Roll Over?


View our knowledge base article here.

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How to clear Company Validations?


View our knowledge base article here.


How to clear Employee Validations?


View our knowledge base article here.


Current Trending Topics.


View our info-graphic to view our Current Trending Topics on Sage Business Cloud Payroll.

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Scheduled Maintenance

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Planned Maintenance

For the month of February, there will be scheduled maintenance on the following dates:

  • 22nd of February 2021. 
  • 24th of February 2021 (Nigeria Tax release and Kenya NTIS update).
  • 26th of February 2021 (South Africa tax table release).

For more information, please read our Sage City Post.

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Self-Help Options

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Access an assortment of online self-help options, created by our support teams to help you with any issue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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View our Sage Business Cloud Payroll Africa Playlist on the Sage Support and Training Channel for our growing base of informative self-help videos!

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Additional Solutions from Sage

Sage Business Partner Consultations 

The end of the payroll tax year is here, and we encourage you to book your tax year-end consultation as soon as possible. Availabilty is limited and with the complex year we've had with Covid-19 tax relief measures, we strongly recommend the assistance of your Sage Business Partner consultant to help you navigate the year-end processes.

Leave your details with us and we will connect you to a Sage certified Business Partner


Business Partner bookings can be made here.

Annual Tax Webinar 2021


It is time again for the Annual Payroll Tax Seminar/Webinar. This year’s budget review is being presented on 24 February 2021. The proposals that impact on payroll systems and employers will be summarised in the presentation.

Register for this webinar here.


For more information on the above (dates and venues) please contact 011 304 1820 or e-mail us


SARS e@syFile Annual Submission Workshop

This workshop revolves around the various tasks needed to be completed to ensure a smooth and efficient annual submission to SARS. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to complete a test submission on SARS e@syFile. For more information on any of the above courses/workshops, please contact 011 304 1820 or email us


Customer Care

Customer Experience [CX] SA is working hard to bring the voice of the customer to Sage and to drive up our Customer Satisfaction and Net Promoter Score [NPS]. Read more about our NPS survey here.


Payroll | Sage Business Cloud Adviser Programs

Cloud-connected payroll allows accountants to run an accurate and efficient payroll service as a profitable add-on offering.  Exclusive pricing available for accounting firms and payroll bureaus.


Click here for a specialist to share details of our Adviser program.

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