TLU SA relies on proven scientific facts to make any decisions. Given the available scientific information, the government should give strong guidelines for individuals to apply themselves to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The government prefers to take South Africa back to level three of the lockdown and harm the economy even further instead of doing research and finding solutions,” says Mr Henry Geldenhuys, the president of TLU SA. “Why does the government choose not to investigate alternative solutions in the war against the coronavirus?”
The government’s apathy towards the use of Ivermectin – a medicine used against various infections and in treating animals – creates distrust since the proven successes are widely published. The government should fire on all cylinders to gather as much scientifically proven facts about Ivermectin and test it. If it proves successful, the government should encourage its use.
“The economy can only continue to function well if the government realises that there are certain practical implications relating to the value chain,” says Mr Geldenhuys. “When you limit one economic activity, it automatically and immediately affects other parts of the economy. Unemployment, the closure of smaller businesses and the poverty it creates are a part of the daily South African life. Only economic growth can successfully improve it.”
The government is quick to decree regulations which do not make any sense. This leads to South Africans questioning the judgement of the government. The corruption around and mismanagement of funds earmarked for the pandemic’s management and relief further broke down the government’s credibility. To apologise and slightly reprimand the guilty, do not boost trust.
“The government must show greater fairness and transparency in their actions,” says Mr Geldenhuys. “Now is not the time to make assistance a political game. For example, to donate R1,2 billion to the farmers who only produce 1% of the food basket is unreasonable and illogical.”
“COVID-19 will not disappear after 15 January or even soon after that. Creating a balance in the approach to aspects which threaten us is critical. To do that, we need capacity in state revenue to curb these types of threats. That can only happen if the economy functions and grows.”
The commercial agricultural sector will continue to produce food to stabilise the country. The government should give them the needed recognition and support.
Issued by: TLU SA
Date: 29 December 2020
Enquiries: Mr Henry Geldenhuys, President TLU SA, Cell.: 083 560 1273
Mr Bennie van Zyl, General Manager TLU SA,
Cell.: 082 466 4470