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Mavuso calls for push in vaccinations to fully open the economy

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The BLSA CEO has expressed the urgency of ensuring a rapid rate of adult vaccinations, in order to move past lockdown restrictions and towards rebuilding and healing economy.

On Monday, 30 August 2021, Business Leadership South Africa’s CEO, Busi Mavuso published her weekly newsletter, in which she expressed that she feels positive that South Africa is moving in the right direction. This is with regards to both the vaccination programme and the economic policy changes that the country needs. She noted that there needs to be a focus on achieving a 70 to 80 percent vaccination rate of adults, in order for confidence to return and for the focus to be on rebuilding the economy.

Mavuso noted that the Department of Health managed to administer a high number jabs in the previous week. She, however, also stated that public policy could drive some level of vaccine incentives, as well as the public sector. She further noted that many employers have led the charge in supporting employees to access vaccines, claiming that some could make vaccination mandatory for their employees who are exposed to the public and businesses could exercise the right to control access.

Mavuso believes that moving beyond all lockdown restrictions is a critical component to the greater effort to drive economic recovery, turn the unemployment trend around, reignite economic growth, and start the healing process of the damaged financial position of the state.

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