Chinese business owners in Botswana hailed for not laying-off staff during COVID-19 lockdown


Godisang Radisigo, the mayor of the Francistown City Council (FCC), Botswana’s second largest city, on Friday expressed his city’s gratitude to the Chinese business owners for not laying off staff during COVID-19 lockdown.

Radisigo extended the appreciation while interacting with the members of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Francistown with the aim of understanding the challenges the Chinese business owners could be facing in their daily operations.

“Unlike other business owners, you (the Chinese business owners in Francistown) did not lay off staff during the virus lockdown,” said Radisigo during a meeting held in Francistown, Botswana’s second city situated some 430 km northeast of the country’s capital, Gaborone.

Botswana announced a 48-day lockdown that came into effect on April 2, 2020, and ended on May 20, 2020, as a precautionary measure to contain the spread and transmission of the contagious Coronavirus that causes the endemic COVID-19.

Zhu Steven, the spokesperson of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Francistown, said all the Chinese business owners disbursed the monthly salaries to their respective employees in time despite the fact that their shops and businesses were closed during the lockdown.

“We did not lay off any staff and instructed our employees to comply fully with the national rules and regulations by staying at home during the lockdown,” said Zhu. Enditem

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