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Small businesses, often cited as the most important driver of job creation, are fighting to survive as the Covid-19 outbreak and restrictions that have closed the economy since late March. 

A survey done on behalf of Nedbank by research company Consulta showed that almost 65% of firms had no turnover during the first five weeks of the lockdown, with more than half forced to temporarily reduce their staff through paid or unpaid leave. A further 26.8% have permanently retrenched workers...

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