Stagnant performance in formal sector employment during the first quarter of 2020, as reported by Stats SA on Tuesday, is the calm before the Covid-19 storm.

The pandemic and the economic lockdown accompanying it could potentially cause an estimated 1.5-million jobs losses by the end of 2020, according to Business for SA. The group expects the economy to contract between 8% and 10% and take a minimum of two years before it recovers to pre-coronavirus levels...

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