Almost entire SA workforce will return at Level 3: Patel

File: South Africa moves to Level 3 of the lockdown from Monday and government says it will open up all the core productive sectors of the South African economy.

File: South Africa moves to Level 3 of the lockdown from Monday and government says it will open up all the core productive sectors of the South African economy.

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JOHANNESBURG – Lockdown Level 3 is the most significant opening up of the economy, according to Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel.

South Africa moves to Level 3 of the lockdown from Monday and government says it will open up all the core productive sectors of the South African economy.

These include sectors in manufacturing, mining, electronics, furniture, finance and retail.

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“It also keeps open all parts of the economy that have operated under Level 4,” Patel said.

In moving to Level 3, Patel says government has consulted with business organisations, individual companies and trade unions.

The minister also said that an estimated eight million additional people are expected to return to work under Level 3, depending on how many companies will open their doors.

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“It means that almost our entire workforce will be back at work," Patel said.

“Although the appeal has been that those who can work from home should be enabled and encouraged to work from home.”

Patel also said safety measures should be adhered to as the economy opens up.

He has urged people to comply with lockdown regulations.

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