In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the Western Cape economy, Premier, Alan Winde, has convened a Joint Operations Centre (JOC).
The JOC has multiple workstreams, including the economy workstream which is focused on mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on the provincial economy.
The economic workstream is aimed at supporting key sectors in the Western Cape, namely Conference & Events, Tourism and Travel, Agriculture, Exports, Manufacturing and the Services Sector, which includes Retail and Business Process Outsourcing.
The economic workstream is working to strategically support businesses through:
Containment – gathering information from industries to understand their business needs and respond to their needs
Adaptation – collating and sharing best practice to help businesses adapt and become resilient, and
Recovery – identifying actions that need to be taken to drive economic recovery once the pandemic has been contained, e.g. tourism and investment campaigns.
A virtual centre, “COVID-19 Content Centre for Business”, consisting of sector specialists and communications experts, has been set up to develop reliable content to assist industry and manage daily queries and business concerns.
In the tourism sector industry stakeholders and visitors to the Western Cape are receiving assistance with cancellations and postponement, insurance and other staff and labor-related concerns, among other issues.
In the retail sector, shopping malls and retail representatives have indicated their commitment to supporting the provincial government’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
According to the Western Cape government the retail sector has indicated that at this time it has enough stock of critical materials to get the province through the present crisis.
We are working hard to mitigate the impact of #COVID19 on the Western Cape economy and there is an enormous amount of work being done across @WesternCapeGov to ensure this. Read the full statement here>> https://t.co/SnPjtRIwzJ #StopTheSpread
— David Maynier (@DavidMaynier) March 19, 2020