- An organisation has written an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa asking him to end the lockdown
- The group, which calls itself "End Lockdown SA", said that people are struggling because they cannot earn an income to survive
- The group has also slammed some of the lockdown regulations, saying they are contradictory
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An organisation claiming to represent thousands of businesses in the country has called on the government to lift the lockdown because it has had - and continues to have - a devastating impact on the ability of people to put food on the table.
The group, called End Lockdown SA, wrote an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa and government leaders, among others.
The group argued that the lockdown has had a severely negative impact on the ability of people to earn an income since it was introduced just over three months ago.
Clinton William-Barratt from the group said:
"Many of us are self-employed, like myself, in the event industry, our industry has not had an income since March 2020. That's almost four months now with no income. For how long can we go on like this?"
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William-Barratt said it did not make sense to open some sections of the economy but leave others closed.
"Casinos, sit-down restaurants and hairdressers, and most of SA economy, is open except gyms and the event industry and bars and pubs, etc."
SowetanLIVE reported that William-Barratt said the R350 social relief of distress grant the government has made available is not enough, adding that no one can live on the R350 a month.
He added that every job is important to the person who relies on it in order to be able to feed their family. He said:
“We must pay rent and buy food. Do you really think we can live on the R350 a month? So many of our members WhatsApp me each day and say how they struggling ... to receive [the grant] or they were declined for no reason.
"And then members [are] also struggling with UIF. You cannot expect people to carry on like this."
William-Barratt also slammed the lockdown regulations, saying many of them were contradictory. Adding that people cannot visit their friends or families but can meet up with them at restaurants or casinos.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced an immediate ban on the sale, dispensation and distribution of alcohol.
The president has also announced a curfew between 9pm and 4am which will kick in on Monday.
The National State of Disaster has now been extended and will remain in place until 15 August.
Taxis will now allowed to carry passengers at 100% capacity for short trips and 70% for long distance trips.
Face masks are now legally mandated and companies need to ensure all their employees comply.
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