Published 01 May 2020 by Dr Iqbal Survé

A worker passes through a sanitising booth at the entrance of a metal welding factory. The unusual circumstances we find ourselves in have already brought about a level of transformation hitherto unprecedented, but we are not done yet. Picture: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Cape Town – May 1, International Workers Day, a day that in 2020 will be remembered worldwide for the millions not working, as much as for the recognition and celebration of essential workers performing in the face of Covid-19, and the shift in how we will work going forward.

The arrival of Covid-19 and the subsequent quarantining of productivity has been categorsed as a Black Swan event – highly unpredictable, and accompanied (according to Investopedia) by high levels of insistence that the signs were obvious (in hindsight of course). The point being that while some may have predicted its arrival, no-one actually prepared for it, not even “future-proofed” businesses, because how does one secure a business from a future no-one in actuality, saw coming?