Business community mourns legal giant and TERS visionary Rob Legh

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  • Business Unity South Africa praised Rob Legh's work in guiding the development of the Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme.
  • Cas Coovadia said Legh was instrumental in leading discussions on relief for employers that suffered severe losses because of the lockdowns.
  • Legh served as chair and senior partner at Bowmans since 1986.


Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) joined the South African business community in mourning the passing of Bowmans chair and senior partner Rob Legh who died on Thursday evening.

While it has been reported that Legh died of Covid-19 related complications, the BUSA statement merely stated that he had been ill.

Outside of his business accomplishments, Legh was praised by BUSA for his role in discussions that would eventually inform government's Temporary Employment Relief Scheme (TERS) for employees to cushion South African workers the severe impact of job losses because of the pandemic.

The TERS relief scheme assisted an estimated 267 000 businesses to continue paying R58 billion in payments to 5.4 million employees as of March this year.

In a statement BUSA CEO Cas Coovadia said Legh was instrumental in leading discussions on relief for employers that suffered severe losses because of the lockdowns.

"Rob's expertise, experience and sheer determination and commitment were critical to processes to expedite payment of funds and efficiency of processes. Rob was a true South African patriot.

"His dedication, commitment, passion, and expertise to bring relief to employees and employers during the pandemic was an example for all of us working in that environment," Coovadia said.

Coovadia also acknowledged Legh's work as chair and senior partner at Bowmans, where he served since 1986.

Bowmans shared a message of condolence on social media networking website Twitter on Friday morning.

Lawyer David Mpanga also shared a message of condolence to Legh Twitter on Friday morning.

Legh is survived by his wife Kathryn and two children. He was 59 years old.

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