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    Things certainly have been very difficult and challenging for a lot of small businesses. And I do agree that the response of some governments has not been well considered at all, especially regarding the impact of that response on small businesses. But, shifting focus a bit, what has worked for your businesses during this time, despite the challenges and problems? And what are the top 3 biggest challenges your business has had to deal with since the pandemic and lockdown started?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theodore View Post
    Things certainly have been very difficult and challenging for a lot of small businesses. And I do agree that the response of some governments has not been well considered at all, especially regarding the impact of that response on small businesses. But, shifting focus a bit, what has worked for your businesses during this time, despite the challenges and problems? And what are the top 3 biggest challenges your business has had to deal with since the pandemic and lockdown started?
    One of the biggest problems is the effect of lock-down on the supply chain. We will experience the domino effect of travel restrictions and closed factories for a considerable time. No use opening your factory if raw materials are not available. Depending on the industry that you are in, you may gain or lose all. The hospitality industry for one has suffered to the extent that some establishments have closed, while others with political connections (although substandard and not fit for human occupation) have flourished.
    The demand curve of certain products will fall as people have less or no disposable income and are now just focusing on survival. The ban on imports have forced buyers to source locally. Hopefully, people will now look at the labels and bar codes and continue to support locally manufactured products. South African bar codes start with 600 or 601. Prefix 690 to 699 belong to Chinese companies, but be aware that many global manufacturers such as Nike have a US bar code, but outsource to China or other countries.

    One good thing that have come out of this, is that people are now more aware of their environment and also the suffering of people affected. I hear and see stories of people sharing or helping where they can and am amazed by how friendly people in our community greet each other when exercising outside. Previously we just ignored each other without greeting.
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    Its good to see this virus has rooted out a lot of unregistered busineses ... tax dodgers ... companies who have failed to pay over UIF ... People who have been skimming under the radar ... it seems they are working hard to target these businesses and attempting to collect outstanding revenue.

    So if you got suckered into applying for relief ... be aware they have the best hounds out to make sure all you are up to date with everything.

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