If there’s one thing Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Tuesday and Thursday night made clear, there is no going back to “normal”, COVID-19 has changed our economy, as well as the way we do business in South Africa and the world. While it’s natural for uncertainty to give rise to speculation, it’s important that we all remain level headed and continue to work together – as Ramaphosa alluded, we could actually create a better, kinder and gentler economy and South Africa as a result.
In the interim, we need to be practical and consider what will happen when lockdown is eased, and we go back to doing business. KDZA management has been devising a COVID Lockdown Back-to-Work plan to consider all number of possibilities, and we encourage our partners to do the same.
To give you ideas for your own business, we thought we’d share some of the things we’ve been looking at for when some of our staff return to the offices. It will certainly be a different space.
We are considering how to continually disinfect all parts of the building to maintain a safe environment, as well as how reception will operate and interact with customers, service providers and drivers. We are looking at a way forward with regards to “normalising” and how remote working might fit into a “new normal”. Our meeting room protocols will be revised as will our travel policy over the short and long term.
There’s a lot to think about and plan for, and that’s what we are doing. What I can tell you is:
We are currently in a hiatus before the storm, and I would like to take this opportunity to share with you how I feel about being a South African.
I have watched how our President, Cabinet Ministers and MECs and have performed over and above their roles and responsibilities and, while I have always been proudly South African, I’ve never been more so than now.
South Africa has mobilised and is doing amazing things across the country to prepare for the coming months. By working together, so much more is achievable.
Let’s continue to collaborate, think smarter and work together. It will go a long way to getting us through this challenge.