The construction industry has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa‘s announcement of an economic stimulus package to deal with the effects of COVID-19 but warned job losses are on the horizon. The SA Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors says the lockdown could lead to over 100,000 job losses over the next 18 months.
Webster Mfebe, CEO of Safcec, said the Presidential Infrastructure Coordination Commission should stimulate the sector but they are still anticipating a reduction in working operations for the next six months.
Mfebe said Safcec has submitted guidelines for the protection of workers to the government and pledged that worksites would be compliant with social distancing guidelines. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday
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Urgent Industry Update: Reopening of Construction Sites and Guidelines for the Protection of Workforce during #Covid19SA issued by @SAFCEC CEO @WebsterMfebe 18-04-2020. https://t.co/n6FLZQmPBw pic.twitter.com/vuWV4VkIKN
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