Heartbreaking photos reveal the jobs massacre at SA’s top restaurants
South Africa’s restaurant sector is on its knees as the coronavirus crisis and stringent lockdown measures threaten the livelihoods of the 800,000 people employed in the industry.
While sit-down meals are now allowed in restaurants after a months-long ban, alcohol sales with meals are still out of bounds, starving many restaurants of much-needed income.
The industry was dealt another blow with this week’s reintroduction of a curfew between 21:00 – 04:00. According to industry representatives, restaurants do the majority of their business after 17:00. If restaurant staff need to be in their homes by 21:00, that means they need time to travel, and to clean and close the restaurant. This effectively cuts restaurants to only two hours of trade, between 17:00 and 19:00.
Restaurants also say they have been let down by insurers like Santam and Guardrisk, who are refusing to pay out business interruption claims.