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Lockdown is being gradually lifted - what now?

Small Businesses: Lock down is being lifted – What now? In South Africa, government has decided to use a phased approach as far as the lock down requirements are concerned. Full lock down is stage 5, which is the strictest level. It means that only certain essential services are allowed to operate, with strict requirements for all others to stay indoors in their places of residence. Level 4, which is starting on 1 May 2020, means that there will be certain organizations that will be allowed to start operating again, under strict conditions. Level 3 will be even more relaxed, etc. It means that sooner or later we will be able to start operating as small businesses. Many of us have been closed for the duration of lock down up to the point where we can start to operate again. Sounds like really good news, but how easy will it be to pick up from where we left off? The reality is that a lot of small businesses were not operational during this time. It means that there was nobo
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SMEs: Corona Virus Lock Down

Leadership Actions During The COVID-19 Lock Down Introduction In many countries we are currently experiencing what is termed as "Lock Down" to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Corona Virus. This virus is deadly, and is certainly taking its toll in terms of human lives on a global scale. So it is quite understandable that governments have resorted to these measures. Here in South Africa it is no exception. So far we have had only 2 fatalities, but it will most probably rise to a whole lot more (we are currently only on day 4 of the lock down).  The negative impact that we are experiencing as businesses providing "non-essential" products and services is simply that we had to shut our doors, and that we cannot go to visit clients and carry on with our normal work. And, as the saying goes, "No work, No pay."  So what can we as leadership in our organizations do during this difficult time to prepare us for the day when we allowed to return to w