The fundamental purpose of South Africa’s lockdown was to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus while the healthcare sector prepared its facilities to handle the surge in infections.
Although the President announced that certain parts of the country will move to level 3 by the end of the month, the country’s hotspots are said to remain in level 4, despite them being the largest economic hubs of South Africa.
Apart from major damage done to the economy, a further delay in the reopening of the economy will likely cause a humanitarian crisis in our country far more devastating than the pandemic.
In a recent court judgement Fabricius J said, “It should not be the choice of either the public health or the state of the economy. It is a necessity to safeguard both. The virus may well be contained (but not defeated until a vaccine is found) but what is the point if the result of harsh enforcement measures is a famine, an economic wasteland and the total loss of freedom, the right to dignity and the security of the person and overall, the maintenance of the rule of law. The answer in my view is: there is no point.”
With sufficient strategies in place, the hotspots can be well-managed as more of the country’s economy reopens, including the property sector. This is imperative for the survival of our country and the already fragile economy.
Property professionals across South Africa are optimistic that they should be allowed to resume operations at Level 3.
Although the country cannot return to normal overnight, a fast-tracked phasing of the lockdown with proactive measures in place for hotspots has been proposed by medical experts and business bodies alike.
Our attorneys remain ready for operations at Level 3 of the lockdown. For more information, please feel free to contact us.
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