Busi Mavuso | Lower lockdown restrictions: Govt could have done more to boost economy

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While more could have been done in returning alcohol sales rules to normal and doing away with curfews altogether, we are taking a step closer to normality, says Busi Mavuso.

With growing evidence that South Africa has now passed the peak of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, last night President Cyril Ramaphosa did well to make it abundantly clear that vaccination is very important and review lockdown restrictions to support what is still a fragile economic rebound from the ravages of 2020, where our economy contracted by a revised 6.4%.

While more could have been done in returning alcohol sales rules to normal and doing away with curfews altogether, we are taking a step closer to normality.

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