Coronavirus: Mashaba calls for focus on the poor, vulnerable and sick

Coronavirus: Mashaba calls for focus on the poor, vulnerable and sick

- Herman Mashaba has prioritised those who are vulnerable in South Africa in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

- The politician has also called for employers to have compassion for staff during these trying times

- But, despite the hardships that lie ahead, Mashaba is adamant that Mzansi will persevere

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Herman Mashaba has dubbed President Cyril Ramaphosa's actions over the coronavirus pandemic as 'tough but necessary'.

In a statement detailing his concerns, Mashaba prioritised citizens who are vulnerable in the bid to limit the spread of the virus:

"Last night President Ramaphosa announced tough but necessary measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus and Covid-19 infections in South Africa. Our priority as a nation must be to limit the spread of the disease to the general population and particularly to vulnerable communities where measures such as social distancing or self-isolation are impractical. The failure to do so would have a catastrophic impact on the millions of South Africans living below the poverty line, without access to proper sanitation and quality healthcare." reported that Ramaphosa had implemented a wide range of measures to combat the pandemic in South Africa following a special cabinet meeting.

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Citizens suffering from illnesses were also highlighted by Mashaba, who explained that:

"It would be equally catastrophic for the many South Africans who suffer from illnesses that compromise their immune and respiratory systems, such as HIV/AIDS and TB, and place them in the high-risk category with they contract Covid-19. It is for these South Africans that we cannot afford to approach the Covid-19 pandemic with complacency any longer. Instead of dwelling on what should have been done, it is now up to all South Africans to unite against this threat."

Mashaba urged businesses to show compassion for their employees on the rocky road ahead:

"Where businesses need to temporarily shut down, put staff on short-time, grant additional leave, or allow workers to attend to family matters in the light of schools closing, let us work together to manage the impact this has on productivity, as well as a lost income for employers and employees."

But Mashaba is convinced that South Africa will be able to emerge whole on the other side of this ordeal:

"Limiting the spread of the coronavirus and its impact requires a collective effort from government, the private sector and civil society. Our country and its people face a challenge, the likes of which we have never faced before. In our past we have shown our resolve, resilience and ability to rise together above the challenges we face. This is what we need to do again now."

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