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Restaurant protests: Streets, parking bays to be blocked-off on Wednesday

If you want to be seen, cause a scene: An historic protest is set to take place on Wednesday, as those in the restaurant industry fight for their futures.

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It’s been called one of the biggest protests in the history of South Africa’s restaurant industry. But owners and workers alike have decided that now is the time to take a stand, as their trade faces financial oblivion.

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The culinary collective across this country will take their grievances to the streets at midday on Wednesday. putting tables and chairs in parking bays and select roadsides. They hope to draw attention to their ongoing struggles, as roughly one million jobs in the service industry face an uncertain future.

The Restaurant Association of South Africa (Rasa) have pleaded with the government, on numerous occasions, to lift certain restrictions on how they can operate. During the period of hard lockdown, businesses had to survive by takeaway and collection services only. At Level 3, their sit-in options are also limited.

Lawyers representing Rasa sent a letter to the presidency on Tuesday, pleading with Cyril Ramaphosa to allow alcohol sales in restaurants under certain conditions. With constant pushbacks from the government, the #JobsSaveLives movement has emerged – but SAPS aren’t happy with the plans.

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The police have sent a letter to Rasa’s legal team, telling them that their planned protest does not have their blessing. Brigadier Sonjani Sandile has dismissed the action as a ‘prohibited gathering’. However, a number of restaurateurs plan to go ahead with their demonstrations anyway. You can expect to see the following on Wednesday.

  • All protests will take place between 12:00 – 14:00.
  • Tables and chairs will be used to occupy space on the streets.
  • The group has advised that no more than 15 people per restaurant gather to make their stand.
  • Social distancing, sanitisation, and mask-wearing are necessities for those wanting to protest.
  • However, local municipalities are unable to override any decisions that are made by SAPS in this regard: