UASA is pleased with the announcement that hairdressers, beauticians, and other operators in the personal care sector will be allowed to operate under the advanced level 3 lockdown regulations.
Various engagements, starting during level 5, took place between UASA as one of the industry role players via FEDUSA, NEDLAC and several ministerial offices to ensure that the industry is allowed to operate in a manner that protects both the workers and their clients in the sector.
Through our federation, FEDUSA, UASA was able to communicate and engage with the relevant government officials, including Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel and Small Business and Development Minister Ms Khumbuzo Ntshavheni, to show that the industry is ready to operate and that social distancing and other measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 can be adhered to. A co-created Covid-19 response by the parties to the National Coronavirus Command Council served as the base of departure.
UASA strongly believes in and embraces open honest social dialogue with the government and through this approach we were able to co-create a solution to the opening of the sector in an amicable way.
Opening this industry restores dignity to many who were prevented from earning an income to feed their families in these difficult times, many of whom had not anticipated the closure, that was initially meant to last no longer than three weeks, to go on for 83 days. Though the amount of revenue lost during the closure will never be recovered, the projected business closures and resulting job blood bath that would have occurred as a result of continued closure might be avoided.
UASA again wants to remind the public that the opening of this industry does not mean the threat of the coronavirus is gone, it means that now, more than ever, we have to be vigilant and take personal responsibility in protecting ourselves and others to curb the spread of Covid-19.
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