Estimated damage caused by the recent riots in our province
Small and privately owned businesses are always hit the hardest. One Zulu restaurant and club owner, stood outside his trashed premises with tears coursing down his face. He has built up his business over the past ten years. We have been in Lockdown for 16 months and only recently were restaurants permitted to operated under restricted hours. He said on the weekend of the 10th July, four large double-cab pick-ups stopped outside his club. A dozen or so people stormed his club, stealing laptops, cash registers, and divested terrified patrons of their valuables. They smashed the furniture and windows. They then loaded his four large refreshments fridges onto their pick-up vans. This just puts the kibosh on any business let alone a hard-earned private enterprise such as this.
Peps stores, Massmart, Edgars and Spar are a few of the retailers who are supported by the majority of South Africans. Doesn't make sense.
As I posted yesterday, South Africans got up, dusted themselves off and have started over again...