The country as a whole is still saddened by the news they received on Wednesday the 3rd of February. The news came as a shocker to everyone as they never saw it coming at all. After 37 years of operating, the famous bus service Greyhound had to close its doors and shut down. There was no warning whatsoever, people didn't see the company struggle, but it turns out it was all there.
According to one of the managing directors of the company, the pandemic was the one that did them in. There were a reduction of clientèle as interprovincial travel was banned and borders we closed. Greyhound, being a company that specializes in long-distance travel, interprovincial and cross border trips we're the foundation of the company. They made their money before South Africa came up with regulations that did them in and all of them came from the ANC.
The public has blamed Cyril Ramaphosa for putting an end to such an excellent company, and they are not wrong at all. South Africa had one of the harshest locks down in the whole world. They made the country standstill for almost 2 months and the tourism industry stood still for more than 5 months and its opening had restrictions. This meant that companies like greyhound could not make any profit.
These tourism and transportation companies begged the government for relief, but that was just not enough. Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), we're all warned about the dangers of lockdowns to the wellbeing a country's economy, and it's people. This warning came all the way from the World Health Organisation(WHO) early into the lockdown.
Now millions of hands have been lost in the country due to the contribution that Greyhound was making to the country's economy. That is not even the major problem, the big problem is that thousands of South Africans are now without jobs during a pandemic because the country's president did not want to listen to the world health organisation.
It cannot be denied that the first month of the lockdown was extremely necessary due to the fact that so many of us don't know what the virus was all about and what it had in store. After those first few weeks, it was totally unnecessary and damaging to have then country under such a strict lockdown. What Cyril Ramaphosa did not understand is that there would be long term repercussions and the Greyhound shut down is one of them.
What is your take on the matter? Do you agree that it was Cyril Ramaphosa and his people who put an end to Greyhound?
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