'A government in disarray' on Covid
Denial about impact on the economy is 'absolutely frightening'
Busisiwe Mavuso, the CEO of Business Leadership SA, says the government is in "disarray" and does not seem to grasp the magnitude of the economic crisis facing the country.It is clearly not tackling this crisis with the urgency it applied to the health crisis, she says."We're not seeing it yet. I don't think that from where they're sitting they see what we're seeing."She says it is "absolutely frightening" that trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel, who is in charge of easing lockdown restrictions on business and industry, seems to be "in denial" about the true impact of the lockdown on the economy.Patel said last week that estimates by economists of how much the lockdown has cost the economy were a "thumb suck". "It gives the impression that those who are in charge are not on top of the situation and that is deeply concerning," says Mavuso."They have to come up with a strategy to turn this economy around. If there is this denialism it is going to fundamentally impact what we ...