Staff, public hope Sanral will save Spar

2015-07-21 11:16
Store manager Vaseela Naidoo takes a bite out of the legendary Kwagga burger at Hayfields Kwikspar and Engen Garage.

Store manager Vaseela Naidoo takes a bite out of the legendary Kwagga burger at Hayfields Kwikspar and Engen Garage. (Ian Carbutt)

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WITH close to 2 000 signatures on their petition, staff of the Hayfields KwikSpar and Engen have rallied together to save their store and the Kwagga burger.

The popular 24-hour shop and garage have become institutions in Pietermaritzburg after 28 years of Kwagga burgers and free coffee to police and emergency services personnel who stop by.

An announcement was made on the shop’s Facebook page last week by the owner, Dr Keith Wimble, addressing customers on its possible closure in two months.

The shop is a sub-tenant of land owned by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral).

With the 25-year lease up, Sanral said that in accordance with the law, they could not extend it and had to advertise a tender in local papers.

Sanral Eastern Region manager Logashri Sewnarain said they were “currently investigating the future use of this property”.

“If the property or any portion is sold, it will be sold by open public tender since this is a requirement in terms of the National Treasury Regulations that apply to Sanral and other organs of state and government departments.

“The operator of the KwikSpar, who sub-leases that building from Engen, would be entitled to respond to the tender if he wished. The same would apply if Sanral decided to lease the property,” she said.

Hayfields KwikSpar employees created a petition that will be presented to Sanral in the hopes of saving their jobs.

With almost 2 000 signatures collected in just three days, and over 300 Kwagga burgers sold over the weekend, the staff are positive they can change Sanral’s mind. Wimble said he was proud of his staff for the courage they had shown in creating the petition.

He and his staff were “excited” by the positive response from the community.

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