Johannesburg-based coworking space Workshop17 is ensuring it continues supporting the SME community in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis that is threatening this sector.
“The global Covid-19 crisis is a bolt out of the blue for us all with serious implications as it is rapidly changing the way we live and work,” said Paul Keursten, CEO and co-founder of Workshop17. “Not only does it threaten the health of our people and our way of life; it will have far-reaching consequences for our economy as well.”
The South African SME sector employs roughly 47% of Gauteng’s workforce and is expected to add about 90% of new jobs in South Africa by 2030 according to the National Development Plan.
Despite having to close its doors temporarily, Workshop17 is playing a role in supporting this community by supporting members who are struggling with membership costs. It has also created the Entrepreneur Toolbox, which is a digital hub that allows members to stay connected with one another and offers them resources like apps, webinars and podcasts that offer tips on how to work from home.
In order to continue supporting small businesses during these uncertain times, consider purchasing gift cards online, plan to reschedule appointments rather than cancelling them, and share a positive review to help boost their confidence and spread the word of these businesses.