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Delicate balancing act to be upheld as third wave of infections looms, says association

As the third wave of Covid-19 infections looms over South Africa, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) says there is a “delicate balancing act” to be upheld as government is faced with addressing the pandemic through further restrictions, while ensuring those restrictions do “not contribute significantly towards the growing poverty pandemic”.

In a statement, Fedhasa explains that this challenge again highlights responsible trade within the tourism and hospitality sectors, as well as the general public’s adherence to health and safety protocols as set out by government.

Fedhasa is concerned about statistics released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on May 27 regarding insolvencies and liquidations in the accommodation, and food and beverage sectors, and says these are “concerning” as it indicates how financially damaged the sector is.

It also does not bode well for the survival of the hospitality and tourism industry if there are…

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