I don’t know, but I do know that I am glad I am me and not the President!
On Monday, 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa closed the country. He called on all non-essential business, all residents, churches, communities, the entire country, to close up shop and go into a “lockdown” never seen before. A sort of military state, governed by fear, the fear of a biological virus that can spread faster than it can be contained.
For 3 days all of society went mad. Bought all they can, prepared to work from home, tried to get back home, and ensured that they great everyone until they see them again on 17 April 2020.
It was a decision that no person can imagine to take. Normally we close a business as it has failed. Or a school when there is no interest. A sporting event due to non-interest. But to close all of it must have been something that take courage, as well as an insight into data and information that we can only hope to one-day understand.
The aftereffect of his decision impacts probably more that one generation. In a country where unemployment is real, poverty severe and where most people work for a wage rather than formal employment, the economy barely surviving prior to 23 March, the impact will survive us all. An impact that affects the lives of 60 million people locally. An impact that will change the course of destiny in South Africa. Probably the way the world works.
Our President showed great courage. He displayed power that no previous South African president exercised before. He seems energized, ready to fight the fight, ready to see this through.
After this, we will not think about business that same. Overheads will decease, as the need for large offices where all staff is accommodated will surely be ancient. Transport will change. Online shopping will increase. Services businesses will increase while construction is in the doldrums.
Our own businesses also changed, and will continue to do so over the next 3 weeks.
- Spesres is going online with assistance of DigiCampus and our practical partners.
- DigiCampus is recording faster than ever as education is on everyone’s lips
- DigiTV has no school open, but it creates the opportunity to edit all videos for highlights, as well as more production teams for DigiCampus
- We can digitize more of our existing courses
- We are building additional platforms for faster registration and more content