According to the Business Rescue Task Force a lack of knowledge about the government’s N$ 500 million COVID-19 relief loan scheme for small and medium enterprises has hindered the maximum disbursement of the funds. The task force found that “the fund’s availability has to date not been properly advertised,” with “the public virtually unaware of the relief”. Further to this, the task force found that, the funds took too long to get off the ground, with some SMEs having lost their appetite for credit given the poor economic climate, while others are failing to meet internal credit rating requirements. They suggested that government expand relief to not only cover future cash flow needs but include, among other things, settlement of arrears on taxes, rentals and suppliers.