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10 April 2020

We welcome the explicit support we’ve received from the government for our industry’s provision of essential services during South Africa’s lockdown due to Covid-19.

On Friday, 9 April, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, Minister of Health, and Mr Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition published in the Government Gazette, a directive to clarify the extent, and conditions under which call centres may operate during the lockdown. This is welcome guidance in light of the extended lockdown to end-April.

Further to our digital conferences on the topic of COVID-19, IOE is convening a conference for the English-speaking Africa region on Thursday 9 April 2020 at 11:30 am Geneva time.

In the face of the COVID19 crisis, how are employers organisations and businesses in Africa continuing to build their resilience against existing and future crises?

This digital conference will review:

- What social and economic measures have been taken by the government?

- What has been the private sector’s reaction?

- Which sector has been hardest hit?

- How does informality and infrastructure hamper the response to COVID 19?

- How does this crisis compare to previous crises?

- What is the way forward for business?

Click here to access more information on this event and to get the registration link

"My Fellow South Africans,

At midnight tonight, it will be exactly two weeks since our country entered into an unprecedented nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. During the course of these last two weeks, your lives have been severely disrupted, you have suffered great hardship and endured much uncertainty.

We have closed our borders to the world, our children are not in school, businesses have closed their operations, many have lost their income, and our economy has ground to a halt."

These were the opening words of our President Cyril Ramaphosa as he addressed South Africans declaring the 2 week extension of the nationwide lockdown.

Click here to read the complete statement

Follow us for further commentary and updates regarding the COVID-19 extended lockdown.

Fraser Consulting has put together a useful inforgraphic delineating the multiple Covid-19 relief funding measures available to South African businesses as of 07 April 2020.

Click here to access the inforgraphic