We find ourselves in an unprecedented and unimaginable situation. A situation in which the growing concern around the coronavirus outbreak can be felt by all of us. As you would know by now, President Cyril Ramaphosa has implemented a 21-day nationwide lockdown from midnight Thursday 26 March till midnight 16 April. This lockdown is a decisive measure to save millions of South Africans from infection and contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Views on the emerging role of the Industrial and Organisational Psychologist during the COVID-19 epidemic
On the 11th of March 2020 the World Health Organisation officially declared the spread of Coronavirus a ‘Pandemic’. Apart from the rate of infection reported in South Africa between the 5th and 11th of March 2020, and the preceding health and economic disasters South Africans witnessed within the global community, this may have been the very sentence that enabled our government to activate the Disaster Management Act No 57 of 2002 (http://www.cogta.gov.za/cgta_2016/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/DISASTER-MANAGEMENT-ACT.pdf).
Forward-looking companies are turning to what is known as Zero Based Organisation design or Adaptable Organisational Structures. This approach to organisational development and design focuses on driving profitability through emphasizing agility over bureaucracy and shifting to a future focused mindset. It gives organisations the mandate to design the most efficient and appropriate organisation from scratch.
The new year has started with an unrelenting pace, and we are already in March! However, 2020 has also brought about a global outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, which as you are no doubt aware, was declared a global pandemic by the WHO recently. The ensuing measures taken by many countries and South Africa have made the immediate future a very uncertain one indeed. Against this backdrop, SIOPSA recognizes that it has a commitment to the SIOPSA community in the form of the 22nd Annual SIOPSA conference.
In line with the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Sunday 15 March 2020, with regards to COVID-19 and limiting public interaction, SIOPSA management have decided to postpone all events scheduled for the month of March 2020.