Allow unrestricted eCommerce during the lockdown in South Africa

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South Africa is currently under lockdown. The goal is to flatten the curve and save lives by keeping everyone home. Currently, ecommerce can only be used for the delivery of “essential items”. This is in contrast to countries like China, where part of the success in battling the outbreak was to allow - and encourage - full ecommerce operations. This means that consumers are able to order all items online and have it delivered. 

Many South African warehouses are already operational, due to the current supply of essential items. Couriers are already able to provide contactless delivery, as additional measures are already in place. The reality at the moment is that most retailers are shut down, with no source of revenue. Businesses, jobs, and livelihoods are on the line. While the overarching goal of the lockdown is one that needs to be supported so that we may all work together to flatten the curve and reduce loss of life, it is essential to allow ecommerce to be the lifeline businesses and customers need right now.

Just because we are in lockdown doesn’t mean we don’t need things. The current list of essential products has proven to be insufficient in fulfilling our country’s needs.
Allowing for these items to be bought online without the risk of visiting a store, is one step we can take in making a noticeable difference in the lives of consumers and retailers. This will be vital in keeping our economy turning while we continue to self-isolate and keeping our country safe.

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