It is our collective responsibility to ensure we flatten the curve and make our way to reporting no new Covid-19 cases, as South Africans. Wearing a mask symbolizes self-preservation but more importantly it signals to those around you that you care about their well-being, go on and add this new accessory to your wardrobe.
Government has begun introducing new regulations around South Africa’s ‘advanced level 3’ lockdown, with more set to be introduced in the coming weeks. President Ramaphosa announced that the country will move to an ‘advanced’ level 3 lockdown, with a number of business sectors reopened to the public.
President Ramaphosa said that many businesses that stopped operating on 27 March when the lockdown first came into effect have not been able to operate.
The South African Government continues to implement relief packages to ensure continued business growth and sustainability for local businesses. The interventions require a high level of governance and most SMME are not receiving support due to a lack of compliance. It is vital that Founders ensure they maintain a high level of hygiene in all aspects of their business.
The business growth facility supports small, medium and micro enterprises, who locally manufacture or supply hygiene, medical products, and food items which are in demand in order to curb and manage the spread of the Covid-19 virus. This facility offers working capital, stock, bridging finance, order finance and equipment finance. The funding amount will be based on the funding needs of the actual business.
It is vital to use this opportunity to work from home, if you can until we flatten the curve. When you aren’t accustomed to working remotely, it can be hard to adjust psychologically. To make the transition, take a disciplined approach to managing your day and develop a few rituals.If you typically move around a lot at work, build that into your day by taking brief walks outside or even around the house.
If you’re an extrovert and accustomed to a lot of social contact, make sure that still happens. Ask yourself: “How will I protect myself from feeling lonely or isolated?” and make a plan. And focus on the positives. Think about what you enjoy about working from home, for example, playing music or being more flexible with your time. Remind yourself that even if it’s not your choice right now, working from home can be fun.
Stay home, safe safe.