Following the announcement of South Africa’s move to lockdown level two, business owners can start to breathe a collective sigh of relief. That we have now been permitted to get back to business and something approaching normality, it’s time to start the hard task of rebuilding our organisations and the economy.
In addition to the easing of lockdown restrictions, President Ramaphosa has announced that government is working with various partners to develop an urgent economic recovery programme that places the protection and creation of employment at its centre.
This is great news for so many industry sectors, but in particular the hard-hit tourism and hospitality industries, many who have survived on a wing and a prayer for the past five months. With the opening of inter-provincial travel, it seems that many establishments have been overwhelmed with bookings from South Africans eager to once again enjoy the great outdoors.
“Level two of the COVID-19 pandemic brings some relief to thousands of small businesses. The most significant challenge facing small businesses continues to be insufficient cash flow due to a long period of a poor flow of customers and a significant drop in sales. The recovery period will continue for years, however small businesses are showing enormous resilience and determination to come back stronger than ever before. The nation needs to, more than ever before, support their local small businesses, the engines of our society and the future of job creation” says Mike Anderson, NSBC Founder and CEO.
We continue to forge ahead with assisting small businesses wherever necessary, which has been an enormous learning curve not only for the NSBC, but every business owner without exception. We have taken hard lessons from this COVID-19 era – ones that will not be soon forgotten.
What is absolutely certain is that without our valued partners such as HEALTH SQUARED that jumped in to support us when we needed it most, we would be in a far worse position than we are now. The same can be said for South Africans’ commitment to supporting local. It is exactly this can-do attitude that will see us prepare today, in order to prosper tomorrow.