The Restaurant Association of SA (Rasa) has secured funds that will help struggling restaurants and Hartbeespoort is one of the areas it would like to assist.
Wendy Alberts of RASA said R120 million has been approved to assist struggling restaurant pay rent if landlords agree to negotiate on rental fees. The restaurant industry was especially hard hit by the COVID-19 lockdowns, alcohol bans and curfews
“We are prepared to pay struggling restaurants’ rental six months in advance if landlords come to the party and agree on reducing outstanding payments,” she said. “We ask landlords to work with us to help keep the restaurants open or have empty spaces on their properties. A restaurant who paid R100 000 rent before the pandemic and could house 500 people at time, can now only have 50 people indoor and 100 people outdoor. They cannot afford even 50% of rent,” she said.
“Hartbeespoort is one of the areas we would like to assist. It is a popular destination for people from Johannesburg and Pretoria. We want to see this area flourishing again. We urge landlords to get into negotiations with us.”
Restaurants and landlords can contact RASA by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, 011 705 054/2897, or 083 661 9000.