President’s weekly letter applauds small businesses

PRETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed entrepreneurs and people creating business opportunities from the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic in his letter to the nation on Monday. 

The president applauded South Africans who are “searching for the silver lining” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and seeking to undo the harsh consequences of the coronavirus.

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“As a number of social partners, including government, business, trade unions, community based organisations, economists and political parties, are involved in crafting a new vision for a post-COVID-19 dispensation, a new breed of young entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunities that are opening up as we seek to deal with a new normal in our lives,” the president wrote.

Ramaphosa recognised South Africans who have created initiatives to address the needs of their communities from personal protective equipment, food delivery to the need for entertainment and distraction.

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The president said township and rural economies must be better supported and deliberately built during this time of crisis. 

“Our economic recovery cannot wait until the coronavirus pandemic is over. It needs to start now,” he wrote.

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Ramaphosa said the COVID-19 UIF Relief Scheme has now disbursed R26 billion to more than 6 million workers across all types of business.

The president concluded his letter by encouraging entrepreneurs, “the conditions may not be ideal. The circumstances may not be perfect. But now is as good a time as ever to start. And you can be assured of our full support.”

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