EDITORIAL | Cyril’s virus plan just won’t cut it
Opening up tourism is great for the economy but not isolating Eastern Cape hot spots is playing with fire
President Cyril Ramaphosa, in what has become known as the “family meeting”, spoke in contradicting terms on Wednesday evening. It’s probably an indication of the complexity of SA’s problems: preventing a second surge of Covid-19 infections while simultaneously trying to boost an economy crippled by the effects of the lockdown.
He said the decision to relax the last of the strict lockdown regulations was for one reason: “We expect that these measures will greatly assist businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors.”
SA’s biggest holiday season is around the corner and it would have been economic stupidity not to allow liquor trading hours return to normal. The same applies to the decision to open up international travel to all countries, allowing flush tourists to hopefully stream to our shores in our hospitality industry’s busiest time of the year...