Restaurants stand together for a ‘million seats on the streets’


JOBURG – It is estimated that up to 70 per cent of jobs, accounting for an estimated 800 000 people, have been lost to date.

Restaurants, cafes and eateries around the country are expected stand in solidarity for the ‘million seats on the streets’ peaceful protest today on 22 July.

What is being deemed as the biggest protest in history by the South African restaurant industry is set to take place from 12pm to 2pm.

The Restaurant Association of South Africa (Rasa), who is leading the campaign, reportedly notified the South African Police Service (SAPS) of the planned protest in a letter on July 15.

“Dear Mr President, we cordially invite you to take up a seat at any of our empty tables to talk to us about the hardships we are facing,” read the social media poster for the protest.

According to the association tables and chairs will be used to block the roads outside of the various establishments to highlight the massive impact that the Covid-19 lockdown regulations have had on the industry.

Due to lockdown regulations the industry was only allowed to reopen at a limited capacity last month.

It is estimated that up to 70 per cent of jobs, accounting for an estimated 800 000 people, have been lost to date.

Rasa CEO Wendy Alberts has encouraged business owners to share black and white images on social media on how many jobs have been affected at their respective establishments.

Restaurants take to social media to share how many of their employees have been affected by the lockdown. Photo: Jessie Stan via Facebook.


By: Chante’ Ho Hip