Restaurant Assosiation of South Africa (RASA) says it has approved R120-million in relief fund to assist struggling restaurants to pay their rent if their landlords agree to negotiate rental fees.
RASA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Wendy Alberts, said restaurants in the Hartebeespoort area in Madibeng Local Municipality will be among the first to be assited.
The restaurant industry was badly affected by the COVID-19 lockdown and its regulations, including the alcohol bans.
Alberts said the association is ready to pay six months rental for struggling restaurants if the landlords agree reduce outstanding payments.
“We are going to request the landlords to work with us to help keep the restaurants open or have empty spaces on their properties. A restaurant that paid R100 000 rent before the pandemic and could house 500 people at a time, can now only have 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. They cannot afford even 50% of the rent,” she said
Hartebeespoort is one of the tourist attraction sites in the North West province. It is also a popular destination for people from Johannesburg and Pretoria who can make day trips to Hartebeespoort Dam.