Month: August 2020

Sakeliga’s Comment on the Tourism Amendment Bill of 2019

The Tourism Amendment Bill [2019] was published by the department of tourism on the 15th of April 2019 for public comment. Among other changes, the bill aims to amend the Tourism Act in order to empower the minister of tourism to set national thresholds for short-term home–rental. Short-term home–rental is defined in the bill as ‘the renting or leasing on a temporary basis, for reward, of a dwelling or part thereof, to a visitor.’   […]
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Business organisations start campaign to end lockdown completely 

Business organisations in South Africa are coming together in a campaign to end lockdown. They are not satisfied by lockdown moving from one level to another and want to make it clear that business is insisting on a complete end to lockdown.  Signatories so far represent more than 50 000 members and include the LWO Employers Organisation, National Employers Association […]
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Sakeliga encourages members to support restaurants on Wednesday 

Independent business group Sakeliga encourages its members to support restaurants and coffee shops on Wednesday, 22 July, as part of the Restaurant Association’s (RASA’s) Million Seats on the Streets Campaign. Lockdown has so far cost the industry almost all of its R7 billion per month in turnover. After months of needlessly harmful, excessive, and impulsive regulations, several industries are on its knees. Prominent among these is […]
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The lock down suffocates one of SA’s biggest assets

Independent author: Chris Hattingh According to Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, the tourism sector has lost R54.2 billion so far in 2020. We need to keep in mind the effect of COVID-19 on international tourism, but it is becoming clearer by the day that the South African government’s own lockdown and COVID-19 regulations have had a […]
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Sakeliga supports Business for Ending Lockdown 

Business group Sakeliga is proud to be a founding signatory to the Business for Ending Lockdown campaign. Piet le Roux, CEO of Sakeliga, says ending lockdown is the only way to recover from the unfolding humanitarian disaster. “First, as business, we do not want a change in levels, or more commissions, or more exceptions. We want a complete resumption of economic activity, with the freedom to […]
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Lockdown a disaster in the making

The sound of businesses shutting their doors and workers joining the ranks of the unemployed are fast becoming the hallmarks of this lockdown. It is an economic, humanitarian, and social disaster in the making. 19% of businesses recently polled by Sakeliga expect to go bankrupt within the next month, and 32% within the next three months. Yet tonight President Cyril […]
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Sakeliga invites businesses to report obstruction by law-enforcement

Business group Sakeliga is preparing litigation to undo or mitigate the permit system for doing business. Its goal is to restore the right to work and do business, by preventing arrests and related obstructions where government or law-enforcement unlawfully requires permits and paperwork. Sakeliga invites businesses and not-for-profit organisations to report incidents of permit- and paperwork-related obstruction by law-enforcement to diens@sakeliga.co.za. Incidents should […]
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Sakeliga provides legal opinion on rights of media and guests

Following incidents of unlawful obstruction and threatening of guests travelling to and from the studios of news programmes, Sakeliga requested formal legal opinion from counsel on the rights of the media’s guests and collaborators to travel for media-related purposes. The opinion offers guidelines on the protection of the rights of the media and their guests, […]
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