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Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce says national shutdown won’t achieve any positive objectives

VAAL TRIANGLE - The Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce (GTCoC) says they believe a national shutdown, like the one planned by the EFF for Monday, 20 March 2023, does not achieve any positive objectives. GTCoC president, Jaco Verwey, said in a statement that political campaigning and differences, such as disputes relating to who should or should not be the President of the Republic, should be resolved through a ballot box and not trough the calling of shutdowns. Verwey said the impact is not something South Africa needs at this point in time as we face a number of headwinds and, to add to any uncertainties that could take place Monday, this will not look good for the country. He said businesses are trying to survive and some are trying to resume their normal business operations following the July 2021 unrest and April/May 2022 floods. As well as with the current state of the economy due to the energy, water and sanitation crisis. Verwey said the GTCoC’s approach is to preserve the economy and protect the sustainability of businesses. He urged their members and business owners not to submit to intimidation, whilst still taking precautions by working in co-operation with law enforcement agencies in order to protect especially life, limbs, property and possessions.


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