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President Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions to Level 1 has been welcomed by business and labour as a boost to SA's hard-hit economy, which contracted by a record 16% in the second quarter. However, there is a risk of a second wave of infections and potential for another hard lockdown which the country won't be able to afford, says trade union federation Cosatu. 

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