Hospitality industry facing severe hardship: we can change that

Hospitality industry facing severe hardship: we can change that

Dear fellow South African

Although the Covid-19 pandemic and the accompanying lockdown regulations have caused widespread havoc and economic hardship in many sectors of the economy, the gradual easing of the regulations by Government has allowed most of the sectors to reopen and return to a semblance of normality.

However, the Hospitality Industry is still suffering the brunt of the lockdown regulations, as they are still subjected to a limitation on the number of patrons allowed on their premises and the controversial ban on the sale of alcohol. The curfew also contributes to discouraging many patrons from visiting these establishments for a meal.

Consequently, many restaurants are looking down the proverbial barrel of a gun.

The Hospitality Sector is a major contributor to the South African economy and provides employment to close to half a million employees. The future of this sector and its employees are in serious jeopardy.

Therefore, we call on all South Africans to support your local restaurant in its time of crisis. If it is at all within your means: go out for a meal, have a cup of coffee, invite friends and colleagues, even spend more than what you would normally do and tip generously

Let us take it upon ourselves to keep our local restaurants open. Let us do that for them; but not only for them, also for ourselves, so that, when this crisis has passed, this sector will still exist for all of us to enjoy.