The first case of Covid-19 in South Africa was recorded on the 05th of March 2020. That meant we had to come up with a response, and we said ours will have four main pillars.
is the health response which includes public health education on personal hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing. Then there is the medical infrastructure relating to preparing our hospital's high care and ICU facilities, isolation and quarantine facilities and establishing new field hospitals.
relates to support for the vulnerable, both economic and social. This includes providing grants, soft loans and other relief measures for distressed businesses and relief for individuals which includes social grants for the unemployed and food parcels.
is that of ensuring compliance with Disaster Regulations which placed restrictions on certain activities. This requires a massive coordinated effort from our emergency and law enforcement agencies.
arguably our most complex pillar has been the focus on the economy. We knew from the start that while protecting the lives of our people was the first priority we also had to protect our economy from total collapse. We also realised that we had to put in place a solid recovery plan.
In addition to the four pillars, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government
further broke down the economy recovery to 14 sectors as part of the social
compact for economic recovery. The provincial compact was entered into
by Government, Labor, Businesses, and Civil Society as a practical
expression of a united effort towards economic recovery. In the social
compact the economy was disaggregated to 14 sectors namely:
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