When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Ubank celebrates essential workers

  • Post Date
    Fri May 01 2020

Workers Day 2020 will be unique. Global events have combined to create a unique and challenging economic environment in which many workers will simply not be able to work.

This year we may see many workers being laid off as a result of commercial decisions needed by cash strapped businesses. The lack of ability to trade for many small businesses will simply mean they go bust.  This will have a knock-on impact on our economy and will be our reality for the foreseeable future.

The R500 billion COVID-19 social relief fund will go a long way to help relieve some of the pressures, for which we commend our President for acting quickly and decisively. This will help to keep many businesses and South Africans afloat during these trying times. The lessening of Lockdown level from 5 to 4 will also give this plan a welcomed boost due to much needed gradually re-introduced economic activities.

The impact of the COVID-19 quarantine and lockdown will have a lasting effect on South African workers, and the way that many of us work in the future. As much as we are all looking forward to reaching Lockdown level 1, we need to keep this in mind.

From organisations having to take measures to “decontaminate” offices prior to workforce return, to various mines restarting their operations at extraordinary costs, to businesses and individuals preserving the need for social distancing in an attempt to combat the risk of further infection, we all have serious work cut out for us. The positive effect from this will be to see as many workers as possible return to their employment, in turn helping South Africa’s economy recover. We will all have to embrace our new normal.

Sadly, we have had fatalities as a result of COVID-19. I wish to send condolences for the workers who have succumbed to the infection whilst in the line of duty or trying to cure and look after the sick. To the affected families, please know that you are in our thoughts.

From the proclaimed workers’ bank of choice, I would like to say to the workers: let us work together, be appreciative that we still have jobs to go back to, and do our best to contribute positively to our economy and communities.  There are fewer true words that apply to us now than “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”. We are tough and we will recover!

To reiterate our “real heroes wears masks” campaign: to all the women and men who have been carrying South Africa on their shoulders; the mineworkers who are still mining coal for our energy, to the food retailer personnel who are servicing us, to the law enforcement officers ensuring peace is maintained, to the doctors and nurses, the scientists behind the scenes searching for a cure, to the caregivers still looking after the orphans and elderly at various homes, and of course to the Ubank workforce, (fondly known as Ubankers) tending to customers’ financial needs, I salute you for your dedication and selflessness. U are the real heroes.

We have been through many trials and we have always come out stronger together.  We will get through this.