Transform SA Digital Issue 29 - Magazine - Page 6
t is with great pleasure to deliver to you this 25th edition of Transform SA as we begin to
celebrate young business leaders. We release this issue at a time when we are navigating the
most difficult of times as a human race. The COVID-19 pandemic is indeed unprecedented
and has impacted almost every aspect of our lives in so many ways.
If there is a time for South Africa to unite - it is now. The virus sees no skin colour. This calls for those
with resources to invest meaningfully in the future of this country. The reality is that countries
such as South Africa, due to high inequality, are likely to be hit harder by this pandemic. Sadly,
class and race demographics to a great extent will still determine who gets the best support, at
what speed, from which institution and how that support is delivered. This is especially so in South
Africa where the majority of the population are Black people who continue to bear the brunt of
inequality and other related veracities.
COVID-19 has brought
almost all economic activity
to a standstill and recovery
from this will take many
years. This will see a rise
in unemployment and an
increase in inequality.
By its nature inequality gives rise to an inadequate distribution of resources. The people who
will find it difficult to defend themselves against this pandemic are the ones who have less. Their
settlements dictate the distance they can keep between one another. Their pockets dictate where
their last rand goes. It is time to unite so our focus can be on us as a nation than them and those.
While government is making noticeable strides in dealing with the COVID-19 challenges we
cannot be ignorant to the fact that the pressure does not emanate from the pandemic only but
also from pre-existing flaws such as poor border control, overpopulated informal settlements,
strained health services, poorly managed supply chain systems, the list is long. This is not to
suggest that we should shift focus and start a blame game but one can only hope it becomes
a lesson for those who are in charge and certainly for those who aspire to, not to ever overlook
the real needs of the people.
The matter of lopsided COVID-19 procurement spend which was raised by the Black Business
Council and that of the of the Minister of Tourism being taken to court for following a law that
seeks to address inequality speaks to these pertinent issues which continue to harbour inequality.
This calls for a closer look and more transparency to discourage efforts that seek to undermine
black empowerment efforts.
COVID-19 has brought almost all economic activity to a standstill and recovery from this will take
many years. This will see a rise in unemployment and an increase in inequality. While some of
the challenges may not necessarily be immediate, but COVID-19 will certainly have long lasting
repercussion in many countries directly and indirectly. It is the time to unite as a nation, not only
in thoughts and words but also in deeds and resources.
Enjoy the read.
Sakhumzi “Saki” Mabhele