How does Government make decisions during this time?
One economist, Mike Schussler, is predicting our unemployment rate to increase to 50% whilst we are in the middle of a global pandemic. In addition, according to the Parliamentary Monitoring Group website there are currently more than 45 different bills in Parliament. So how does one prioritise what needs to be done first?
South Africa is currently facing two major catastrophic challenges:
- The Covid 19 pandemic and the safety of our people.
- An economic crisis and the biggest component of this challenge is our unemployment rate.
My plea is therefore to our political leaders to use only these two challenges as criteria for making any decisions. Everything else needs to be delayed, deferred, or abandoned.
For lack of being over simplistic, only two questions need to be asked with reference to any current decision:
- Is this a safety issues (medical or otherwise)?
- Will this assist with economic recovery and job creation?
If the answer is no, to any of the above, simply don’t do it. I am sure common sense will prevail, but do hope that it is sooner rather than later. Our people are becoming restless.