Home National Industries urged to gear up for the return of workers

Industries urged to gear up for the return of workers

590
79

Government has called on industries that are set to return to work in May to ensure that proper measures are in place to receive the returning workers, while working to limit the spread of COVID-19.

This comes as government gradually eases the economy back into activity as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week. The regulations were introduced in March as government sought to counter the spread of the virus in the country.

Last week Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel presented the details of government’s Risk Adjusted Strategy which was subsequently put up for public comment and consultation.

With over 70 000 submissions in just 48 hours,  government announced new regulations that will see several industries return to work come May 1st.

“The purpose of the new approach is to align or balance the level of openness in the economy and social activities with the level of risk to enable us to restart or increase as many activities as possible given the health risk.

“The main point is to save lives and as many lives as possible and avoid the personal devastation of losing loved ones too early and when it is avoidable,” said Patel.

The easing of the lockdown follows the President’s announcement that the country will move to level 4 which means that the level of infections continues to remain high and health systems are not fully geared up to support influx of patients.

At the same time, level 4 allows for the easing of lockdown measures so that the economy can pick up speed.

“As government we want to re-open production but this has to be carefully balanced with a need for a deliberate and cautious approach to easing the lockdown measures so as to limit the movement of people.

“The virus does not move it is people that move. We shift the virus in society and this cautious approach allows us to ease the lockdown measures,” said the Minister.

More industries return to work

When the lockdown came into effect on 27 March, several sectors and industries were deemed essential and continued to function. These included all energy, water and sanitation, telecommunication infrastructure, health sector, food production, healthcare and hygiene products

Under level 4, the manufacturing sector will expand and include the re-opening of more factories and workplaces with 30% of workers returning to work in a phased approach.

“For example half of the workforce will be phased back to work … in sectors like the automobile manufacturing value chain and this will include small and medium enterprises who produce the components that go into the cars.”

It will include the steel and metal sector, cement and construction material, rail and ship building, the manufacturing of winter clothes, bedding and heaters.

The construction industry will also reopen in areas of water, energy, sanitation, road and bridge projects including local road repairs. Retail will resume economic activities with stores, spazas and informal traders returning to work.

Shoes, bedding, winter clothes, children’s clothes, home office equipment and hardware will be permitted in level 4.

The list of products allowed to be sold through e-commerce will be expanded incrementally.

Rotation of workers

In cases were only a percentage of workers have returned to work, companies should structure their operations so that they rotate people so that every worker will have a chance to work even though it will not be on a normal basis.

International trade

On international trade, government has started with the gradual reopening of additional products that are now permitted to be imported. Government will be looking at expanding these in future.

Buy local and support industry

With many more of the country’s port facilities set to re-open, Patel appealed to South Africans to buy local goods to support manufacturers as this will create demand in the local economy.

“The main challenge is to implement a phased and cautious return to work and to do it successfully without the rapid spread of the virus. If we can achieve that and increase the level of testing it can lay the basis to move to level 3 and … get back to greater levels of production and greater levels of normality,” said Patel.

79 COMMENTS

  1. Wonderful site you have here but I was wondering
    if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed here?
    I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get responses from
    other experienced individuals that share the same interest.

    If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Cheers!

    Also visit my web blog http://haojiafu.net/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=813191

  2. Thanks for all your valuable efforts on this web site.
    My mum really loves making time for research and it’s really simple to grasp why.
    We learn all about the compelling ways you convey helpful tips on your web blog and as
    well as strongly encourage response from some others on that area of
    interest while our own simple princess is without a doubt
    understanding a lot. Have fun with the remaining portion of the
    new year. You’re the one conducting a fantastic job.[X-N-E-W-L-I-N-S-P-I-N-X]I’m extremely
    inspired with your writing abilities as well as with the format for your weblog.
    Is this a paid subject matter or did you customize it your self?
    Anyway stay up the nice quality writing, it is rare to look a great blog like this one these days.

    Feel free to surf to my blog post – https://mpc-install.com/

  3. I almost never comment, however I looked at a few of
    the remarks here Industries urged to gear up for the return of workers | Pioneer Community News.
    I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright.
    Is it only me or does it look as if like some of the comments appear as if they are left by brain dead visitors?
    😛 And, if you are posting at other social sites,
    I would like to keep up with you. Would you list of all of all your social networking sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    Here is my web blog – http://www.qijiang520.com

  4. My husband and i got now thrilled John could finish up
    his researching via the ideas he grabbed in your site.
    It’s not at all simplistic just to possibly be freely giving hints which
    usually some other people may have been making money from. And now we recognize we’ve got the writer to appreciate
    for that. The explanations you’ve made, the easy website navigation, the relationships you give support to instill –
    it’s everything astounding, and it’s making our son in addition to the family
    believe that that content is cool, which is certainly unbelievably fundamental.
    Thanks for all!

    Here is my homepage – http://www.fles.hlc.edu.tw

  5. Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your
    favorite reason seemed to be on the internet the easiest thing to be aware of.
    I say to you, I certainly get irked while people consider worries that they
    plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail
    upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

    Look at my web site: 163.30.42.16

  6. I am commenting to make you know of the magnificent discovery our daughter enjoyed
    reading the blog. She came to find a lot of details,
    which include what it’s like to have an awesome coaching heart
    to have other folks without problems comprehend some advanced things.

    You actually did more than our own expectations.
    I appreciate you for producing such valuable, healthy,
    revealing and fun tips on that topic to Tanya.

    My blog mpc-install.com

  7. Simply to follow up on the up-date of this matter on your site and would like to let you know how much I treasured the time
    you took to write this beneficial post. Inside the post, you spoke of how to truly handle this concern with all ease.

    It would be my own pleasure to build up some more thoughts from your web-site and come as much as
    offer people what I learned from you. Many thanks for your usual great
    effort.

    Feel free to surf to my web-site; forum.adm-tolka.ru

  8. I do not know if it’s just me or if everybody else experiencing issues with your
    blog. It seems like some of the written text on your content are running
    off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening
    to them as well? This may be a issue with my browser because I’ve had this
    happen previously. Many thanks

    Take a look at my site: http://www.atomy123.com

  9. Good ? I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your site.

    I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as
    related info ended up being truly easy to do to access.
    I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least.
    Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who
    add forums or something, website theme . a tones way for your client to communicate.
    Excellent task.

    my site http://bbs.shishiedu.com

  10. To follow up on the up-date of this matter on your web site and would want to let
    you know how much I liked the time you took to create this
    handy post. Within the post, you actually spoke of
    how to actually handle this thing with all ease. It would be my own pleasure to accumulate some more concepts from your site and come up to offer other folks what I learned from you.
    I appreciate your usual good effort.

    Here is my page: http://www.hydrology.ipt.pw

  11. Good – I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your website.

    I had no trouble navigating through all tabs and related info ended up being truly simple to do to access.
    I recently found what I hoped for before you know it
    in the least. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, web site theme .
    a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice
    task.

    Feel free to surf to my web blog – http://www.meteoritegarden.com

  12. Thanks so much for providing individuals with remarkably splendid chance to check tips from this website.
    It is always so amazing and also packed with a good time for me and my office peers to search your
    website a minimum of 3 times weekly to read through the new guides you have.

    And definitely, I am also at all times motivated for
    the mind-boggling creative concepts you give. Selected two areas on this page
    are undeniably the most beneficial I have ever had.

    Here is my page … http://www.atomy123.com

  13. Thanks a ton for being my own lecturer on this area. My spouse and i enjoyed
    your article very much and most of all appreciated the way you handled the aspect I
    thought to be controversial. You are always incredibly kind
    towards readers much like me and assist me in my existence.
    Thank you.

    Here is my web blog; Fabian

  14. Thank you for your blog post. Thomas and I are saving to
    buy a new e book on this issue and your short article has made all of us
    to save our own money. Your thinking really responded all our problems.
    In fact, more than what we had known in advance of the time we discovered your superb blog.

    My partner and i no longer have doubts and a troubled mind because you have totally attended
    to our needs in this post. Thanks

    Stop by my web-site Super Shot Keto Review