South African business calls for accelerated restart of economy

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s biggest business grouping urged the government to accelerate its phased approach to restarting the economy, days after the state began easing a strict nationwide lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus.
A safe return to work can be successfully achieved if people and businesses abide by hygiene, mask-usage and social-distancing protocols, Martin Kingston, head of the economic workgroup at Business for South Africa, said in an emailed statement. Its members include Business Unity South Africa and Business Leadership South Africa.
“We need to accelerate the restart of the economy to minimize hardship, hunger and desperation,” Kingston said.