LONDON, (The Southern African Times) London based South Africa Business Abroad Chairman Xolani Xala urged the U.K. government to ease the current covid restitutions. He argued that the economic impact of such a policy would not only be damaging to southern African economies but equally to U.K. based businesses who rely on South Africa’s trade routes into Southern Africa.
The Chairman of SABA said this during the 10th Anniversary of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards hosted in London at the Mayfair Hotel.
The the event was attended by global entrepreneurs, with a passion for African development, growth and prosperity. SABA’s Chairman Mr Xala added, “Bi-lateral engagements and trade must go on, with continued collaborations and engagements in the various sectors. My passport is ready to do, what it is designed to do, create networks. I am appealing to As countries begin to open their borders, I am equally appealing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to remove South Africa from the red list with immediate effect.”
SABA adds to pleas by the South African government and South Africans living in the U.K. urging Johnson’s administration to remove the country from its travel red list, which requires visitors from that nation to stay in quarantine for 10 days and undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing.
South Africa’s tourism industry, which contributes about 4% to gross domestic product, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.
The sector has been hard-hit by travel restrictions imposed by countries including the UK that are its main source markets. Statistics South Africa reported in April that foreign arrivals dropped by 71% between 2019 and 2020.
Other southern African countries on the U.K.’s red list include Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.