As lockdowns are relaxed in SA, companies are cutting jobs
Lockdowns are being eased in SA as companies cut jobs
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According to Nedbank economist, Busisiwe Radebe, South Africa’s economy will take at least three years to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown. The first sign of the economic effects of COVID-19 is that big jobs are being cut. According to MyBroadBand, "the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) opened its offices across the country on Monday 18 May, and immediately experienced a big influx of people who lost their jobs." "There has also been an uptick in large businesses retrenching staff on the back of the lockdown and COVID-19 pandemic." Despite the news of job losses, Alexander Onukwue says that there are signs that activity is beginning to pick up. Here's a useful excerpt: "In the last week of April, the Cyril Ramaphosa government eased restrictions by stepping down the lockdown from Level 5 to 4. It was the beginning of a “phased and gradual return to economic activity,” the president said on April 30. The consequence, according to Yoco’s data, is a gradual uptick in sales for small businesses."
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