A Glimmer Of Hope
On the 23rd of March 2020,
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will go into a
nation-wide lockdown from Midnight 26 March 2020 to 16 April 2020.
The much feared COVID19 virus had taken root in the urban metropolis and a swift and decisive
response was required to curb the spread of the disease.
It has been a long 5 months since the nation-wide lockdown was declared. The restrictions on trade
and movement have undergone a number of changes and adjustments since.
And today, for the first time since March, the Minister of Health has reported a downward trajectory
in infections and active cases across the nation. The announcement by Minister Zweli Mkhize
suggests that the end of the lock-down is fast approaching.
As is common with all national events, analysts have begun their work. The economists are busy
plotting the financial impact, Health professionals are collating the physical and mental toll,
Educators are revising and restructuring the curriculum, and many other key national and regional
portfolios are number crunching.
When all the plotting and calculations are done, a gloomy story will be told about the Corona Virus
and its impact on our society and our country in particular.
What the summary reports and news headlines won’t tell is that in the midst of the most destructive
health crises in the 21st Century; there stood a group of Small to Medium companies that refused to
kneel to the destructive power of COVID19.
The summary reports and news headlines will not tell the story of Clean Sweep Boutique, the story
of Kelza trading enterprises, and they will not tell the story of Rebatho Pele.
And so, for the next month, we will use this platform to tell their stories. Not so much to glorify
them, but to give hope and renewed vigour to everyone that has lost their job, company and/or
loved one as a consequence of COVID 19.
As we wait in anticipation for the President’s speech on the state of the nation, we stay hopeful that
we too will survive COVID19.
CEO – We Clean It all