Article by: Emma ClayField
What started as a mere [21 day] precautionary exercise, to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus outbreak, has turned into one of the longest economic nightmares on many South African Businesses.
An initial lockdown period of 21 days as imposed by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, has seen longevity in its existence and has therefore imposed loss of income for many citizens and has led to the collapse of several small businesses in the country.
In an interview with eNCA Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says government has taken into consideration the strains of the lockdown on small businesses and has therefore discussed the reopening of these sectors under what it calls advanced level 3.
“Already when the President announced movement to level 3, he also announced what he called the advanced level 3, which will include the sit-down and also opening up of personal care services…and we started developing the protocols,” she said.
Ntshavheni says the decision could be taken once the Medical Advisory Council gives them the go-ahead. The NCCC is expected to address the nation by Wednesday 17 June 2020, more information will be issued once this is confirmed.
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