Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) were wise not to take the country back to stricter lockdown levels despite rising Covid-19 infections in some parts of the country.
Limiting trade and the resulting damage to the economy is the last thing the country needs at the moment. Emphasis should now be on growing the economy and employment creation.
Travel from all countries will assist in bringing the tourism and travel industry back on its feet. The sector, one of hardest hit as a result of travel restrictions, will now hopefully be able to fully operate now that foreign visitors from all countries are allowed into South Africa after making sure they adhere to the measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Millions of workers and businesses not yet fully operational will benefit from the extension of the TERS Benefit up to 15 October, and the extension of the Special COVID-19 Grant for a further three months, until January 2021.
UASA is also particularly pleased with the Department of Basic Education starting recruitment this week for teacher and school assistants, targeting unemployed youth in every province.
We hope that the locally manufactured Covid-19 vaccine will also play a role in alleviating unemployment in South Africa.
UASA encourages everyone to adhere to the Health and Safety measures regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. A possible resurgence is on the horizon and if we do not protect ourselves and those around us, the country might be placed under stricter lockdown regulations to slow the spread of the virus.
Our economy cannot afford another hard lockdown, more jobs and livelihoods will be lost and we won’t be able to socialize with family and friends.
If everyone wears a facemask in public, sanitizes, and practices social distancing, we can prevent a resurgence from taking place and maintain alert level 1, which in turn benefits the country and all its citizens.
We would like to thank our members for adhering to these safety measures and implore the whole country to follow suit.
Let’s keep each other safe.
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