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SA's new private-sector umbrella group formed to fight Covid-19 has been in daily talks with the government over reopening the economy and is urging it to move quickly to lockdown level 2.Business for SA (B4SA) is proposing that companies, in partnership with labour, can take charge of implementing stringent health and safety controls and monitoring in the workplace to ensure the spread of the virus is controlled.It has told the government that the current approach is economically impractical and hard to regulate, and that this could have dire socioeconomic and health consequences. This comes as April data start to show the devastating impact of the first full month of the lockdown, during which many sectors of the economy ground to a halt, a growing number of jobs and businesses teetered on the brink and tax collections plummeted.In a media briefing this week B4SA - which has brought organised business bodies together to work with the government to tackle the cri...

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