Dear Minister - We can't make lockdown decisions based on fairness

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Dear Minister - We can't make lockdown decisions based on fairness

Online shops will continue to be restricted in what they are allowed to sell in South Africa, even when the country begins to relax its COVID-19 lockdown regulations on 1 May 2020.

Minister for Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel said that ecommerce will continue to operate under restrictions, as is the case with South Africa's traditional retail sector, due to concerns over fair competition.
 

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Dear Minister - We can't make lockdown decisions based on fairness

Online shops will continue to be restricted in what they are allowed to sell in South Africa, even when the country begins to relax its COVID-19 lockdown regulations on 1 May 2020.

Minister for Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel said that ecommerce will continue to operate under restrictions, as is the case with South Africa's traditional retail sector, due to concerns over fair competition.
Yeah no this is still the same lockdown, dictated by muppets with no say. Wonder who he's in bed with and his back pocket is being lined by?
 

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The government's version of fairness would imply that it would be a moral good to blind everyone in the country because 1 person is blind. Plenty of people on this forum believe in the morality of socialism, they will get the socialism their morals have been wishing for.
 

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Classic communist thinking.
Bring everyone down to the lowest common denominator.
If we all can't eat, then nobody eats. Hows that for fairness Mr Patel? Though to be honest, he does look like he could do with a sarmie.
If we can't all get online studies, then nobody studies....
If we can't all earn a living wage, then, Mr Patel, it's not fair, you should donate your wages to the poor from here on out.
Once that's in place, let's talk again.

Actually, come to think of it, classic communist thinking involves dictating poverty to the masses while living in a palace.
 

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Classic communist thinking.
Bring everyone down to the lowest common denominator.
If we all can't eat, then nobody eats. Hows that for fairness Mr Patel? Though to be honest, he does look like he could do with a sarmie donation.
If we can't all get online studies, then nobody studies....
If we can't all earn a living wage, then, Mr Patel, it's not fair, you should donate your wages to the poor from here on out.
Once that's in place, let's talk again.
That's not how Animal Farm works comrade
 

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True there is nothing fair about this pandemic or situation we found ourselves. World wide. Although your middle class South Africans like to think they are entitled to be treated like gods in a war.
 

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There is nothing unfair about this at all - there are more than enough avenues for selling your stuff online. No bricks and mortar shop has any excuse for not doing this.

Heck you can just go and create an account at Shopify or something like that if you must, load your products up and get going in very little time. Worst case you can put your stuff on Gumtree or BidOrBuy or something.

But I guess Mr Trade and Industry is hopelessly out of touch, and listens to the old school shop owners who are also hopelessly out of touch.
 

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I suppose then mr I don't understand trade will then recommend that it is not fair that him, his entire staff and the whole cabinet that are earning a salary, while the staff and owners of online stores are not, so he wants everyone not to receive a salary because then that would be fair.
 

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Wait since when can I get a Razer Kraken headset from a spaza shop?
 

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We are all to blame I think.
"Dlamini-Zuma said 2 000 public comments received on the amended lockdown regulations (out of 70 000) were against the lifting of the cigarette sales ban, which had prompted renewed discussion."

Obviously they listen to public comments according to their statement, so that leaves us with only one course of action and that is to participate in their public comments.

If you are a web developer please design a website that any person on a mobile or pc can access to comment and send their thoughts on the right channels to where we will be heard. Do this for South Africa's Democratic right.
 
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apart from logical decisions, what about thinking about it properly, and sticking to decision?
first say OK that siggies will be available, now blocked again? i'm not a smoker, so don't really care, but the smokers around me are all miffed... and with all gov expenses, they probly need cigarette sales tax more than smokers :)
 

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True there is nothing fair about this pandemic or situation we found ourselves. World wide. Although your middle class South Africans like to think they are entitled to be treated like gods in a war.

Say what?
 
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