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The COVID-19 outbreak has hit South Africa and the lockdown entails we cannot leave our homes, unless we want to purchase food or obtain essential services, like medicine – or social grants. The South African Defence Force has been deployed to ensure that there is little movement in our communities and on Day 5, it seems like we are finally getting it together.

South Africa has the leading number of Coronavirus cases in Africa and this forces one to consider, as more instances are confirmed, whether Africa is prepared for this health crisis. This question is posed with hopes that the African Medicines Agency will facilitate Africa’s responsiveness to the outbreak addressing falsified and substandard Medicines thus ensuring a quality healthcare for all Africans.

On a trade front, is Africa prepared for the economic fallout? We keep announcing that Africa is open for business. Can we expect the effective implementation of the AFCFTA to trade better for Africans? In this newsletter we explore what the government has put in place to ensure small business can survive and mitigate other trade and economic factors.

It is an active time for the African Continental Free Trade Agreement and Secretary General Wamkele Mene has his hands full. We have put together an update to provide insights into what needs to be done for the implementation of the AfCFTA which will renew the rise of Africa in such trying times.

Reminiscing on time where social gatherings were the order of the day, Tutwa hosted a Regional Trade and Blockchain Seminar on 6 March 2020. Indulge yourself on some insights on how Blockchain may be able to help during these tough times.

We always appreciate your comments, and feedback therefore, reach us at info@tutwaconsulting.com. We would love to hear back from you.

Possible solutions to address some of the most urgent economic issues facing South Africa: response to the COVID -19 crisis.

Author: Annie Sugrue

A lockdown began in South Africa at midnight on the 26th March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people reduced their social interaction as the news emerged concerning the high transmission rates of the virus. Small businesses in the tourism, hospitality and other sectors have already shut down due to lack of customers and the lockdown will close all but the essential services, which may result in severe loss of revenues.
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The African Continental Free Trade Agreement Update

Author: Catherine Grant Makokera
The day that trade is supposed to start under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) is fast approaching. It is now a little more than 3 months until the deadline of 1 July 2020 that has been set by African Union Heads of State. This is ambitious as there is much that still needs to be done. Here is …
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