Thousands of South Africans will today participate in various silent protests to stand in solidarity with the hospitality, restaurant and wine industries. After 118 days of the covid-19 lockdown, it is now fighting for survival.
Following a call by the Restaurant Association of South Africa (Rasa), restaurants from across Mzansi will from lunchtime block the roads outside their premises by dragging tables and chairs into the streets. The protest, called “Million Seats on the Streets”, is a desperate cry for help by the industry’s 800 000 staffers whose jobs are on the line because of stringent lockdown regulations. Food For Mzansi editor Dawn Noemdoe chats to Annelize Stroebel, the CEO of the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association.