Employment Law Alert – An Analysis Of The Labour Disputes (Arbitration And Settlement) (Amendment) Act 2020-A Positive Step Towards Jurisdictional And Operational Cohesion

The official numbers seemed to suggest that sub-Saharan Africa, home to more than 1 billion people, had been lucky. However numbers are on the rise and cases are being reported in various African countries such as South Africa, Rwanda, Namibia, Uganda Kenya and Tanzania. What does this mean for the economies and business communities in Africa? Central banks in Africa, like Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, have already started easing their interest rates in anticipation of the COVID-19 storm clouds ahead.

It is also expected that the cost of borrowing will increase for many African states that are already heavily indebted to China. Since the global financial crisis of 2008/9 and during times of low rates, African governments have now accumulated record levels of debt. Gross government debt across Sub Saharan Africa has surged by an average of 20 percentage points (PPS) of gross domestic product (GDP) since 2010, nearing an average of 60% of GDP in 2019. China is also likely like to import less from Africa.

There is already evidence to show that prices of key commodities, like copper, oil and thermal coal have already fallen by 20% since mid-January, and a few reports are emerging that Chinese buyers have postponed overseas orders, some declaring force majeure. There is also a likelihood that the China-related ‘deal pipeline’ will be smaller than it otherwise would have been. Disruptions in China will reduce revenues for companies in sectors affected by this coronavirus and divert attention of policy banks and commercial banks.

Download full Article
Law | Tax | Business Advisory