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SBIDZ open for business, while working remotely

The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is putting in the necessary safety measures as the country endures a nationwide lockdown.

According to Kaasifah Beukes, CEO of the SBIDZ, the company heeds the call by the government to help stop the spread of the disease, and will be closing its offices, sites and own-operated facilities (the SME Co-Lab Centre), effective from last Thursday (26 March) for the duration of the nationwide lockdown. All planned events (Togasi) are postponed as well during the lockdown.

“Though physically closed, the SBIDZ’s work continues,” Beukes said. “So I would like to inform you of the steps we are taking to maintain operations during this unprecedented time.

“We implemented business continuity and employee well-being arrangements from Friday (20 March), to limit and manage any risk of Covid-19 exposure among our staff in our offices.”

She said all employees are operating a work-from-home arrangement and have the tools required to conduct meetings, communicate and do their work remotely.

Beukes requested that all queries be directed to the company’s email address info@sbidz.co.za, rather than landline office numbers. This email address is still continuously monitored, and your query will be directed to the right people for follow-up.

She added the company is still open for business and will continue to serve its purpose as best it can in what is essentially a new work environment.

“We recognise that large sectors of our economy will be negatively impacted by the lockdown. We encourage you to visit the various dedicated and informative government websites for yourself or business.

“Our country has taken a needed, drastic step to curb the spread of this disease. We ask that you continue to work with us, as you have always done, in the collective best interest of society and the economy.”

Beukes adds the SBIDZ’s mandate becomes even more pressing once South Africa and the world have the Coronovirus under control.

“South Africa’s economy still requires transformation, growth and development,” she added.

“Let’s continue to work as best we can to be ready after we #FlattenTheCurve.”

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