Businesses hit hard

2020-04-21 06:00
Shaqueel Dareis; manager of a party planning store: “Firstly this pandemic has left me as an individual in a state of panic for the future. The shop I managed had to close its doors the Monday before lockdown, as already no one wanted to have parties or could plan parties. I was sent home with no work no pay and at this stage, I myself am extremely low on food supplies and all essentials. The company I work for does not do deductions, so not even UIF is an option for me as well as no application for relief was made for the staff. No plans were made to take care of the staff during this time so we all are struggling at this moment. We had no time to prepare ourselves for this lockdown. As a manager of a party shop, running it for four years, I have nothing to show for myself or my family as well as for the staff at this time. Lastly, I am not even sure what the future for our shop holds as I cannot for certain say that the shop will be able to open again after this lockdown.”

Shaqueel Dareis; manager of a party planning store: “Firstly this pandemic has left me as an individual in a state of panic for the future. The shop I managed had to close its doors the Monday before lockdown, as already no one wanted to have parties or could plan parties. I was sent home with no work no pay and at this stage, I myself am extremely low on food supplies and all essentials. The company I work for does not do deductions, so not even UIF is an option for me as well as no application for relief was made for the staff. No plans were made to take care of the staff during this time so we all are struggling at this moment. We had no time to prepare ourselves for this lockdown. As a manager of a party shop, running it for four years, I have nothing to show for myself or my family as well as for the staff at this time. Lastly, I am not even sure what the future for our shop holds as I cannot for certain say that the shop will be able to open again after this lockdown.”

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As the national lockdown has been extended for another two weeks, some small businesses are now struggling to make ends meet.

These businesses do not meet the requirements to receive assistance from the small business relief programme fund set up by government.

In the years leading up to the lockdown, small business ownership was widely encouraged, with many leaving corporate stability to take a chance at starting and growing their businesses, eventually employing others.

But now, with their incomes completely halted for the duration of the lockdown, no guarantees that their businesses will recover financially and uncertainty around whether or not there is another extension on the cards, business owners and managers are feeling the pinch and are eager to get back to trading.

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