- The Chamber of Commerce wants the government to reopen the fast-food industry
- President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the lockdown would be extended by 2 weeks
- The fast-food industry can still operate and maintain social distancing
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The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) has strongly recommended that the government reopen fast-food services. The SACCI argues that this would contribute to the struggling economy.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the lockdown would be extended by 2 weeks and that the government would look at phasing sectors of the economy back into operation.
Briefly.co.za learned that SACCI CEO Alan Mukoki believes that the fast-food industry can operate in a safe and responsible way. They could limit customers to the drive-throughs and deliveries to eliminate long queues.
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“Our recommendation and suggestion are to start to identify those sectors where you will not compromise the public health safety risk and you can mitigate the risk so that you don’t have the curve going up in a way that is steep in terms of infections or people dying.
So this sector of the fast food you can be on board them in a way that is quick. These franchisees are themselves SSMEs. Government has put in relief measures in terms of how to support them financially with money that the government itself does not have. So if you then start to find a way in which you can remove some of that dependency on the state SSME relief support fund we will be helping the government,” adds Mukoki.
President Ramaphosa had announced that a fund would be established to assist citizens and soften the blow to the economy from the virus according to SABC.
“The Fund will focus efforts to combat the spread of the virus, help us to track the spread, care for those who are ill and support those whose lives are disrupted,” adds the President.
Parliament has slashed its pay by 33% and a solidarity fund has been created.
Ms Gloria Serobe and the deputy Chairperson Mr Adrian Enthoven will head the fund and it will be administered by competent people with backgrounds in financial and accounting firms as well as the government.
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