On Thursday the 23rd of April the President announced that starting from the 1st of May the government will be adopting a risk-adjusted strategy with five alert levels in managing its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This risk-adjusted response will see a gradual relaxation of some lockdown regulations based on government’s analysis of the situation on the ground. To that end, the President has announced that the country will be moving to level 4 lockdown starting from the 1st of May 2020.
This level will see the relaxation of some of the lockdown regulations and the resumption of business in various sectors of the economy. At this stage, we currently await government to fully pronounce itself and provide guidance as to which areas of the economy will be allowed to reopen and at what rate.
Informed by government’s directive on the way forward, we will then develop a detailed guideline on how we will conduct our operations going forward guided by the lockdown level the country will be operating under.
We need to get proper guidance from the Department of Higher Education and Training regarding certain pronouncements and their implications for our annual budget and training programmes.
As you can imagine, the lockdown has totally disrupted our operational planning on numerous levels and as such we need to devise new plans that factor in the changed environment that we now operate under.
In the meantime, we will do our best to provide service and assistance to all our stakeholders to ensure as minimal disruption to your lives under the circumstances as is possible.
Wishing you and your loved ones the best during this very difficult time.
Ms Amanda Buzo-Gqoboka
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER