- Business and political leaders have revealed what they discussed with Ramaphosa during their meeting today
- A combined effort is being made to steer the country through this crisis
- Ramaphosa will address the nation later today
The command council meeting has ended and President Ramaphosa has revealed that he will address the nation later.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has told South Africa that all leaders must work together during these challenging times.
Mosioua Lekota of Cope has said that, "this is a time for patriotism."
"We want the people of our country to survive," he adds.
Leaders have each stepped forward, in turn, to promise to help and asked all South Africans to follow the rules set out to combat the outbreak according to News24.
Minister Ebrahim Patel has said that there have been talks on ways to help small businesses which have been affected. He stressed that their meeting had displayed a strong willingness to do the right thing for businesses in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za learned that the severe impact that this virus will have on the economy has been recognised by the business community.
Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel revealed that the president's meeting with business leaders was to create a unified approach to the economy.
The meeting focused on how the global economy has slowed down and its impact on South Africa. The meeting also included issues such as medical products, competition exemptions, regulation of prices and support for SME's.
"What came out of the meeting was excellent ideas, lots of proposals and thoughts were given [These] will now be fed into the command council the president will chair this afternoon."
Patel said the meeting was constructive and that all parties were on the same page, in terms of their strategies and thoughts.
Martin Kingston of Business Unity South Africa also said that the meeting was very constructive.
"We have mobilised very significant resources to look at the impact on healthcare, the labour market and obviously economic interventions in the immediate short term, in the medium term and over time."
Kingston warned that the effects of the virus would be felt for a long time to come.
"We have committed ourselves to working on an aligned basis on all key aspects of the economy," he said.
Richard Wainwright of the Banking Association of South Africa said that South Africa's banking sector was resilient and that it would survive this crisis.
Sandile Zungu of the Black Business Council said the sacrifices that business are making were being appreciated by the government.
He said business had committed to working with government and other social partners to 'flatten the cure'.
"Let's honour the social distancing protocols," said Zungu.
President Ramaphosa would still address the nation
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