The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our economy, our face-to-face business interaction and placing insurmountable strain on governments and healthcare systems in South Africa and globally. We acknowledge that this is a critical time for our clients as we all establish ways to manage the National State of Disaster.
Strate’s resilience measures remain focused on ensuring we continue to serve the financial markets while withstanding a diverse and varied set of stress scenarios. As such we have taken the necessary steps to enable our employees, clients and business partners, through our digital platforms, to carry on with business-as-usual activities.
Strate implemented an electronic voting platform in December 2019, that provides you with an e-Voting solution. This is an end-to-end voting solution to cater for the South African market with the primary focus of reducing risks and inefficiencies in the value chain.
In light of the conditions we face in managing the pandemic, one of the benefits of e-voting is the ability to host virtual meetings for your shareholders. For issuers facing the cancellation of shareholder meetings, e-voting enables you to still go ahead with your meeting virtually via our digital platform. The in-platform chat functionality allows for interaction between shareholders and issuers and maintains the integrity of the process.
We would like to assure you that during the nationwide 21 days of lockdown, it is “business as usual” at Strate as we are 100% committed to business continuity. Through our combined efforts as a market, we can stand together to flatten the curve and decrease the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.
Strate remains committed to serving the South African financial markets. Should you have any questions regarding the use of Strate e-Voting, please contact the team on e-Votingteam@strate.co.za