Zim lockdown: Informal sector urged to register enterprises

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged informal sector players to register their enterprises for them to be able to resume their operations as the country continues to adhere to level 2 lockdown regulations.

In his latest update on the COVID-19 lockdown, Friday, President Mnangagwa said as citizens gradually return to work, they need to refocus, recalibrate and revamp at the same time adhering to lockdown regulations. 

On May 16, President Mnangagwa indefinitely extended level 2 lockdown, which he said would be reviewed on a fortnight basis.

“All our people in the informal sector, who have not formally registered themselves or their enterprises, are directed to do so forthwith,” said President Mnangagwa on Friday.

“Once they can prove that such registration has been made, they can resume their operations. Upon resuming their work, they are compelled to adhere to the laid down COVID-19 prevention requirements, such as the wearing of masks, washing or sanitization of hands and social distancing.”

He added: “As we continue returning to work, we must once again refocus, recalibrate and revamp. Let us recall that Zimbabwe was in the midst of deep and broad reforms. We were reforming distortions which have bedevilled our economy for decades. We were reforming the old, creating the new, and building stronger foundations for a more prosperous Zimbabwe.”

The President said as Zimbabwe was opening up both internally and externally, it was forced, like the rest of the world, to close societies, markets and the borders.

“As your President, I commit that we will work twice as hard, work with promise and purpose, to improve your lives, and to give your children a better future. It is time to accelerate our development,” he said.

“From the pains of the pandemic, we must now find new impetus in rebuilding. The liberalisation of our economy must continue in earnest. This includes the privatisation of bloated state industries which must now be expedited. Investment commitments must now be turned into tangible jobs. Our creative people must be allowed to grow and prosper.”

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