UASA Media Release: 1 October 2021
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
After 18 months of fighting the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and harsh lockdown restrictions UASA is in full support of the move to adjusted alert level 1.
South Africa is officially out of the third wave, and we are starting to see the positive results of the national vaccination drive. With more than 8, 6 million people being fully vaccinated, we believe South Africa and the economy may soon be back to business as usual.
According to the National Film and Video Foundation the film and entertainment sector is one of the worst affected in terms of unemployment after shedding over 60% of its permanent jobs since the lockdowns started.
UASA trusts that the move to level 1 will benefit our members who belong to the South African Guild of Actors (SAGA) and that their work opportunities will increase accordingly. For these UASA members and actors, artists, performers and other entertainers who have been without work for 18 months and who did not receive government relief funds, we hope level 1 will open doors to get back to work and make up for lost time. We encourage our members and the public at large to support this sector by attending theatres and shows.
UASA strongly encourages fellow South Africans to make use of the vaccination sites across the country, including the Vooma Vaccination Weekends campaign, and get vaccinated.
We all want to go back to our lives as they were before. In the meantime, let’s stay safe by taking the necessary safety and health precautions
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.