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All restaurants, cafes, bars and coffee shops including food delivery services were required to close in compliance with the nation-wide lockdown.

Wendy Alberts of the Restaurants Association of South Africa joins Kfm Mornings to chat about how the industry is coping.

Many restaurants have asked, why can't we just continue to do takeaways. We can't go back to the same big-league that we had previously, and we can't go back to those financial models.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South Africa

A lot of restaurants also don't have a cash flow to temporary open or to open only parts of their business because the financial model doesn't work, and the maths is just too big on the expenses.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South Africa

Government shut us down, and all our restaurants are running from corner to corner trying to scrounge funds together to pay their staff, to pay their leases, to pay their landlords, to pay their bills.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South Africa

The cost to reopen industry on a partial basis is complicated.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South Africa

If the consideration was there, we'd be operating on limited hours, limited menu, limited staff, we got to consult with the food chain, look at what products are available and is it the responsible thing to do to keep the consumer safe, and to keep the staff safe.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South Africa

People that are putting these certificates out all over social media, it's almost like look, we have managed to find a loophole in the system, we are proud to have broken the law, we can operate. And it sends a completely wrong message out there because we have a responsibility to keep the consumer safe.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of South Africa

Listen to the full interview below.

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