After 65 days of strict social distancing measures many South Africans will have breathed a sigh of relief as the country entered level 3 of lockdown on June 3.

The full effects and consequences of the lockdown will only be revealed in time, but safe to say the cost to the economy has been extreme and came at a time when the country could least afford it. Strong leadership and a concerted effort from government, labour and business will be required to lift the economy from its growth-deprived hole and structural challenges...

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