UASA Media Release: 23 June 2022
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
While the repeal of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions by Health Minister Joe Phaahla may be welcomed by many, UASA is concerned about the possible consequences. Phaahla’s call seems hasty and drastic and may take us right back to where it all started – a surge in infections and deaths.
Phaahla said during a media conference this morning that mask-wearing is now the responsibility of individuals but conceded that wearing them has vast health advantages, especially in preventing respiratory diseases. He also said that employers and facility owners should discuss prevention measures with their employees and clients and then decide on the correct course of action for them.
UASA urges fellow South Africans to keep in mind that despite declining infections and the end of the 5th wave, Covid-19 is still with us, and a substantial number of people have not been vaccinated yet.
Covid-19 entered South Africa through our borders via travelers, and repealing the need for Covid-19 entry requirements into the country may not be a good decision yet.
Currently, South Africa has recorded more than 3, 99 million cases and 102 000 deaths, which supports our view that some measures to contain the virus must remain in place. Companies have suffered significant losses over the past two years as workers who contracted Covid-19 had to be booked off from work.
UASA urges its members and fellow South Africans to keep their inoculations up to date for their own benefit and their loved ones. Those who see the need can continue to observe health regulations to stay safe and remain Covid-19 free.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.