Several restaurants in Gansbaai set their tables outside on the pavement as part of the nationwide ‘One Million Seats on the Streets’ peaceful protest initiated by the Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) on Wednesday, between 12:00 and 14:00.

The owner of Kuslangs Restaurant in Franskraal, Manny Paiva, does not have a pavement next to his restaurant. So he set two tables in Rosseau Street that motorists had to drive around, all of them hooting and waving to show their support. With Manny is restaurant manager, Elma Stassen.

Other businesses, including the owners and staff members of Gansbaai’s guesthouses, tourism organisations, shops, wineries and restaurants, staged another protest against the devastating impact of the lockdown regulations on Friday between 10:00 and 12:00. With many community members joining in, they formed a human chain (with distances between them) on the pavement along Gansbaai’s Main Road between Voortrekker and Fabriek Streets.

The plight of business owners in Gansbaai, especially those in the tourism and hospitality sector, is becoming desperate as owners are unable to sustain their businesses and keep staff on their payroll. It is just one of our Overstrand towns that is largely dependent on tourism and where the loss of income threatens business closures and countless job losses.

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