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President Ramaphosa lifts alcohol ban, moves SA to Level 3, restaurants jubilant !

 

This evening President Ramaphosa moved our country’s Lockdown to Level 3, after 28 days of Level 4, a tough month for the Restaurant industry.

Despite Sit-Down dining being permitted midway through Level 4, most restaurants chose to remain closed, it not being economically viable to reopen without selling alcohol.

The President permitted the sale of alcohol in restaurants from tomorrow, until 20h00. Liquor outlets may sell alcohol on Mondays – Thursdays.  The Curfew starting time has been pushed back to 22h00. All excellent news for the Restaurant industry.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 18 of Level 4, 15 July 2021.

Thursday 15 July 2021, Day 18 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful day, feeling like summer at 17C, wearing shorts and a sleeveless top on my midday walk; for an uninterrupted sleep last night 🙏; for packing in a lot of writing and client work this morning, preparing for two Status meetings this afternoon; for my Dinkel poppyseed rolls being ready for me; for meeting a wonderful Facebook Friend Celia Mauerberger for the first time, who is so kind, supporting my Facebook Stories in the early hours of the day, at Frosted in Sea Point, where they make delicious cupcakes ❤️❤️❤️; for making myself the most cosy bed with a second duvet Continue reading →

How safe is the Western Cape from unrest and looting today?

 

KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces are in a war zone, a politically motivated looting and arson at factories and shopping malls in the main.  These provinces are already running low on petrol, and basic food items. Residents are standing in long queues at supermarkets, to stock up.

Fortunately the Western Cape is reasonably peaceful, and the only incidents which are occurring are related to a Taxi war, two associations being in conflict with each other. This is affecting the travel of staff to and from work. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 9 of Level 4, 6 July 2021

 

Tuesday 6 July 2021, Day 9 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for another beautiful sunny day, the spirits much better today, especially after a call from Stuart Bailey; for a hardworking day, cross-eyed from all the writing; for a contractor coming to quote on an extension of the handrail on my side of the building, having begged Sandak-Lewin for over a year to get it done 😱; for a lunchtime walk to Bakoven, managing to catch a fabulous wave; for a wonderful late afternoon walk, bumping into Sherryl living nearby, sharing experiences of apartment party noise; for a beautiful sunset this evening; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Western Cape Government requests National Government support for its Hospitality industry, hard hit by Lockdown Level 4!

 

The Western Cape Government has requested the National Government to financially support businesses which have been partially or fully shut down by the Lockdown Adjusted Level 4 regulations.

Businesses in the restaurant, alcoholic beverages, cinema, casino, gym, theatre, and conferencing industries are once again hard hit, as was the case in January this year.

Western Province Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier has requested the National Minister of Employment and Labour to reintroduce TERS/UIF, to assist the staff of businesses affected by the Lockdown to be able to pay their basics of rent and food.

 

President Ramaphosa announces new Lockdown Adjusted Level 4 regulations!

 

Minister Maynier wrote as follows:

With the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night that South Africa will move to Adjusted Alert Level 4 restrictions for the next 14 days it is critical that national government provide a support package for business whose operations are limited or shutdown.

And so, I have written to the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, to request that he reopen the UIF Covid-19 TERS scheme for the duration of the Alert Level 4 restrictions to assist businesses and employees who are not able to operate.

Many businesses, particularly in the hospitality and liquor sectors have already been hard-hit with significant job losses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Wine farms, restaurants and coffee shops cannot survive on takeaways alone. Two weeks of no income for these businesses, as well as cinemas, gyms, casinos, conferencing venues and theatres, will have a direct and sudden impact on people’s livelihoods – their ability to pay salaries, rent and buy food.

The UIF TERS funds could provide the lifeline that businesses and employees need to sustain their operations while these restrictions on the economy are in place.

The Western Cape government has focused on getting the balance right between preventing the spread of Covid-19 while keeping the economy as open as possible, saving both lives and livelihoods.

We have worked hard to support businesses to open safely by providing extensive guidance and assistance in implementing the necessary Covid-19 protocols in the workplace.

And we encourage both employers and employees to continue making use of our comprehensive guidelines and other resources to implement the necessary health and safety measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace: coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-resources-workplaces

We all have a role to play to stop the spread of Covid-19 and it remains all our responsibility to continue adhering to the health protocols required to stop the spread of Covid-19.

We can also support those businesses that are impacted by the restrictions. We know times are tough, but if you can, please support our restaurant sector and order takeaways over the next two weeks, especially from small businesses.

Together we will stay safe, and we will move forward so that we can save jobs and save the economy in the Western Cape.” – Minister David Maynier

 

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‘Rooibos’ and ‘Red Bush’ Tea officially recognised by the European Commission, first African Food receiving recognition!

 

The Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer has announced that ‘Rooibos’ and ‘Red Bush’ were officially recognised by the European Commission on 31 May, thus officially protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications.  It becomes the first African product to be protected by the European Union.

Rooibos Tea is an iconic beverage of our country, originating from Clanwilliam in the Western Cape, as well as the Northern Cape.  Its name may not be used for Teas originating from any other parts of the world. It is widely available in Europe, as well as in other countries, known for its health benefits. Local Rooibos Teas will now be allowed to carry the EU logo.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 60 of Level 3 Adjusted, 23 February 2021

 

Tuesday 23 February 2021, Day 60 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 335 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely 22C day, with dark clouds when I went for a walk, as if rain was on its way, but they have almost blown away now; for a wow 500 Discovery points, not sure how that happened, as it’s the same distance to Clifton and back, but I’m not complaining, as it was a good walk; for a good writing morning, also writing for tomorrow already; for a terrace sun snooze; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Premier Winde: Western Cape Liquor Act to be amended to combat alcohol abuse!

 

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde announced in his State of the Province address last week that the Province is to tighten its alcohol laws to curb the abuse of alcohol, a clear problem in our country, reports BusinessTech.

The Western Cape Liquor Act is to be amended, in order to address the alcohol abuse, and to enhance the efficiency of the Province’s Liquor Authority. Continue reading →

Art on the ground ‘Beyond Walls’ creates longest human chain in the world, launches Public Arts Festival in Cape Town!

 

The launch of the ‘Beyond Walls’ art exhibition of international artist Saype in Sea Point yesterday has attracted attention from locals, an exhibition one cannot see on the ground, but is visible from above, and from photographs taken by drones.

The artist has created installations within the Cape Town exhibition on the lawns in Sea Point (top left), and on the ground in Philippi Village (bottom right), and in Buwga Square in Langa (middle right).

The ‘Beyond Walls’ exhibition features the longest human chain in the world, and represents unity, mutual aid, and common effort beyond geographical constraints.

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