Top Covid-19 policy priorities for protecting employment – Executive Summary

POSTED ON: May 25, 2020 IN Our Reports
by Miriam Altman

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South Africa entered the Covid-19 pandemic with 29% unemployment, over 40% living in poverty and the highest rate of inequality in the world, all now set to rise.

It is within our power to limit the damage. A balance can be found between containing the virus and other health, social and economic imperatives in a way that is mutually reinforcing.

This paper argues that a centrally regulated approach that controls activity should now give way to enabling communities and businesses to adhere to the protocols required to contain the virus. This approach is consistent with the President’s May 24th announcement pivoting the country to a level 3 lockdown by June 1st.