BUSINESS BEYOND COVID
SIPHO MASEKO: People are the indispensable variable of any economy
In the Business Beyond Covid series, CEOs and other business leaders and experts in their sectors look to the future after Covid-19. What effect has the pandemic and resulting lockdown had on their industries and the SA economy as a whole? Which parts will bounce back first and which will never be the same again? Most importantly, they try to answer the question: where to from here?
The Covid-19 pandemic — and the large-scale social and economic devastation in its wake — has revealed the central paradox of modernity, and more specifically the modern economy. In the age of rapid automation and digitalisation, the pandemic has reasserted the centrality of people as the indispensable variable of any economy. All the platforms, the technologies and the systems we pride ourselves on are of no value without people to use them...