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TLU SA is thankful that the government now accepts the essence of the suggestions about the lockdown the organisation made. The onus now lies mainly on South Africans to act responsibly to limit the spread of COVID-19.

 

The financial impact of the prolonged lockdown was, however, too big for many companies to continue.

 

“The economy already took a massive knock,” says Mr Louis Meintjes, the president of TLU SA. “Many companies will not be able to carry the extra financial strain of implementing compulsory hygiene measures. The drastic decline in the financial ability of consumers will lead to a passive opening of markets since there is a lack of spendable funds.

 

“Every little piece of economic stimulation is now essential,” he says. “That is why the continued ban on tobacco products does not make any sense.”

 

We foresee various challenges for specifically the agricultural sector as soon as more industries start opening.

 

  • Electricity supply – the more considerable demand for electricity will most likely lead to load-shedding;
  • Fuel supply – refineries of fuel companies scaled down during lockdown. The demand for diesel before harvesting could become problematic if the suppliers cannot deliver fuel in time;
  • Food distribution – the bigger the demand for food in shops and soup kitchens, the more crowding. Opening farmers markets and more trading points directly from farmers will contribute to more effective social distancing.

 

“We are further concerned about the conduct of the SAPS in some cases,” says Mr Meintjes. “They should instead support the hungry and poor, then making war against them.

 

“It is also imperative that all support measures are transparent and adheres to good audit rules. We hear too many complaints of corruption.”

 

It saddens TLU SA that churches are not allowed to play their role. In these depressing times, their spiritual support is of critical importance.

 

“What is important now,” he says, “is that everyone should put down their heads and work very hard to get the economy going again.”

 

 

Issued by:                  TLU SA

 

Date:                           25 May 2020

 

Enquiries:                  Mr Louis Meintjes, President TLU SA,                                                                               Cell.: 082 461 7262

 

Mr Bennie van Zyl, General Manager TLU SA,

                                    Cell.: 082 466 4470

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