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Tourism goes cold as popular shisanyama, Mzoli’s Place, closes its doors

The shebeen-style restaurant offers an authentic township experience, something scores of tourists used to enjoy.

“Without an influx of tourists, we have no business at all. Local people used to come and enjoy themselves too, but now they simply order food and go home. People don’t appreciate the sit-down experience any more, which makes things hard,” Zwane said.

When restaurants like these, situated in tourism hubs, suffer, so do the tour bus and travel industry. The two complement each other.

Anthony Colia of MoAfrika Tours, one of the leading providers of Safari and city tours, said the pandemic feels like someone has switched off their light.

“On average I used to cater for 150 clients for both safari and city tours per day. Right now I average on 50 people a month. I used to have a staff complement of 40, I now work with one.

“I had 20 vehicles to run my business, I sold about eight. I want to complain but most of my competition shut down, there’s simply not enough…

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