Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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13 Nov 2020
4:55 am

Lockdown relaxation ‘far too late’ to save jobs

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Meanwhile, the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) called on the booze industry to play its part in Covid-19 safety, as it prepared to return to full swing.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

Industry bodies have rejoiced at government buckling to pressure to allow international travel and lift restrictions on liquor sales as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday evening. But according to economist Phillip Burger, this eleventh-hour save may be far too late for thousands who have lost their jobs with employers who may well have already shut their doors. “It appears to be due to the pressure from these industries and the deteriorating state of the economy, which is not recovering as fast as some of us may hope. But it will remain to be seen how these sectors pick...