SA set to feel growth squeeze | Citypress

The South African economy has experienced many blows since last year. Despite recent acceleration of the vaccine roll-out, the pace remains too slow to deliver herd immunity soon

2021-08-02 03:10:00 PM

The South African economy has experienced many blows since last year. Despite recent acceleration of the vaccine roll-out, the pace remains too slow to deliver herd immunity soon

The adverse effects of lockdown restrictions during the third Covid-19 wave, as well as the recent incidents of unrest and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, will weaken the momentum of third-quarter economic growth, writes Thuletho Zwane.

Enter recipient email addressthe preliminary assessment by government shows that the overall damage, together with the effects of the third wave and lockdown restrictions, could result in a 2% GDP contraction in the third quarter of this year Photo: Loanna Hoffmann/Gallo Images

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BUSINESSThe adverse effects of lockdown restrictions during the third Covid-19 wave, as well as the recent incidents of unrest and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, will weaken the momentum of third-quarter economic growth.According to economic analysts, the riots dealt a blow to the economy through the direct losses experienced by businesses, damage to economic infrastructure, disruptions to supply chains, and weakened confidence among both investors and consumers.

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