- President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the ANC will work 'tirelessly' to limit the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic
- This includes poverty, inequality and unemployment prompted both by the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown
- This response comes after the ANC ended its recent NEC Lekgotla over the past weekend
President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the closing of the African National Congress' National Executive Council Lekgotla.
Commenting on the resolutions of the gathering, Ramaphosa says that the ANC aims to work tirelessly to end poverty, inequality and unemployment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The gathering was attended by party deployees, alliance partners, members of civil society and traditional leaders.
In addition to this, former presidents Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma and even former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe attended the meeting.
Ramaphosa says that they are planning to hold an economic indaba aimed at helping to deal with the impact of the continued crisis:
“The important decision of this Lekgotla is to convene an Economic Summit that critically looks at what COVID-19 has merely accentuated: poverty, inequality and unemployment in South Africa."
The President highlighted some of the main issues that the summit needed to renew attention on:
"This Summit needs to focus renewed attention on broad-based black economic empowerment, the transformation of ownership, management and control patterns in the economy, and the promotion of black and women entrepreneurs and industrialists.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that SA Breweries has opted to suspend the contracts of 550 temporary workers indefinitely amid the continued impact of the current lockdown ban on alcohol.
A Business Times report noted that workers are mainly part of the group's supply and logistics division and include workers such as packers and delivery staff.
Fin24 had previously noted that Heineken South Africa also confirmed that it would be cutting local staff by 7% in addition to suspending a R6 billion expansion project mid-2020.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, in reaction to the billions lost through investment amid the continued restrictions, highlighted that he was 'obviously concerned' about the impact of the ban.
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