March 25, 2020

Culinary Industry and #COVID-19

Your regular update on how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting chefs, restaurants and the wider food industry in South Africa and beyond.

31 March 2020 – A special message from Lance Gibbons, SA Chef Media’s Publishing Editor during the COVID-19 lockdown. Plus regular updates on how your industry is coping with the coronavirus setbacks, and some #longreads to keep you entertained at home.

Read the letter here

31 March 2020 – The Oppenheimers’ R1 billion fund for businesses will be available this week – here’s how it works

The South African Future Trust (SAFT), established by Nicky and Jonathan Oppenheimer, will make funds available to South African businesses impacted by the coronavirus from 3 April 2020.

Nedbank said that it will help facilitate the distribution of loans to small businesses on behalf of SAFT.

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31 March 2020 – South African Public Understanding of and Response to the COVID-19 Emergency

Our country has recently joined the world in directly facing the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals, communities and businesses have all been, and will in the immediate future be affected by the progression of this disease, in South Africa, across the continent and across the globe.

With schools closed, trade under pressure and uncertainty facing South Africans daily, the HSRC would like to ask you your views on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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30 March 2020 – Motsepe Family And Associated Companies Pledge R1 Billion For Dealing With Coronavirus Pandemic And Related Challenges

The current lockdown has an impact on the goods, equipment and services that can be purchased immediately and the goods and services which can be provided when the lockdown has been terminated. Our short to medium term interventions include building additional classrooms, computer centers and laboratories in all the 9 provinces of South Africa to assist with the excessively high number of students per classroom in some schools; particularly in the context of the current Coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing requirements.

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29 March 2020 – Every SA website must promote the govt portal on Covid-19, and cell number transfers banned

As of Thursday 26 March 2020, every website with a domain name that ends in .za – including every company website that uses the suffix, every organisation in, and every academic institution in – must link to the South African government’s Covid-19 portal at

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28 March 2020 – South Africa has 1170 confirmed cases. This is an increase of 243 new cases from the previous announcement on 26 March 2020. The total number of tests conducted to date is 28 537

On 27 March 2020 it was reported that two deaths had occurred as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The first patient was a 48 year old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on the 23rd March 2020. She was suffering from pulmonary embolism. This means she had an underlying disease.

The second patient who died was a suspected case based on her clinical presentation. The clinicians who were treating her have reported to us that this was a 28 year old female who had presented at the hospital in respiratory distress. At the time of presentation she was hypoxic. She was intubated and transferred to hospital during the early hours of this morning, (ie 27 March 2020 at 3am). On arrival in ICU, she was declared dead. The clinical picture was suggestive of COVID-19 and therefore a test was conducted. Her laboratory results have since been received at 17:20 and were confirmed negative. Her immediate family was also tested and they are also negative. She is therefore no longer considered a COVID-19 case.

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27 March 2020 – The small business COVID-19 survival guide

Despite everything, we must not let ourselves use this as an excuse for getting sloppy, or not getting stuff done. It’s so easy to fall into a trap of mediocrity when the world around us is lagging a bit. Now is not the time to do that. It’s never the time to do that! Now is the time to give it your all, improve your business, get systems in place and come out better on the other end. And that’s what we hope this eBook will start. Feel free to share it with your friends, peers and colleagues.

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27 March 2020 – UNWTO International Tourism Arrivals Could Fall By 20-30% in 2020

Nations specialized agency for tourism expects that international tourist arrivals will be down by 20% to 30% in 2020 when compared with 2019 figures. However, UNWTO stresses that these numbers are based on the latest developments as the global community faces up to an unprecedented social and economic challenge and should be interpreted with caution in view of the extreme uncertain nature of the current crisis.

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27 March 2020 – First two COVID-19 deaths cases confirmed in Western Cape

The Department of Health has confirmed the first coronavirus related deaths in South Africa. The first two COVID-19 fatalities occurred in the Western Cape, one at a public hospital and one at a private hospital.

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27 March 2020 – The City Lodge Hotel Group published a statement on the impact of COVID-19 on the Group’s operation

President Ramaphosa has called for a 21-day nationwide lockdown in South Africa from midnight on 26 March 2020 to midnight on 16 April 2020, “a decisive measure to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people”, which the City Lodge Hotel Group fully supports.

During this time, many of City Lodge Hotel Group’s properties in South Africa will be temporarily closed to the public. Hotels that are called upon to provide support to government and essential and critical business continuity services, as well as other enabling services in the form of either quarantine facilities or staff accommodation, will remain open. The Group is ready to support such initiatives as part of a coordinated response to this pandemic and remains well-positioned to re-open any of its hotels on very short notice as circumstances improve.

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26 March 2020 – Tourism stakeholders can attend this free worldwide hospitality conference online about the pandemic

The tourism sector has been one of the hardest industries during the Covid-19 pandemic – and with the looming lockdown in South Africa it will only get harder. 

But if you’re invested in the tourism sector – either personally or professionally – you can sign up to attend the free, worldwide Hospitality Tomorrow Virtual Conference – led by a special adviser to the Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Anita Mendiratta and the chairman of Bench Events Jonathan Wolsley.

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26 March 2020 – The dos and don’ts during the national lockdown

Police Minister Bheki Cele has warned any person who contravenes the regulations of the nationwide lockdown from midnight on Thursday will be guilty of a criminal offence and will be liable to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or both.

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25 March 2020 – South Africa prepares quarantine sites as coronavirus cases rise to 709

South Africa has reported the most coronavirus cases in sub-Saharan Africa, and public health experts are worried that the virus could overwhelm the health system if infection rates rise steeply.

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25 March 2020 – Important Message From Ceo Restaurant Association Of South Africa – Wendy Alberts

This is a very important message to ALL restaurants, take aways, QSR’s, canteens and any hospitality food establishments in South Africa.

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25 March 2020 – South  Africa announces National Shutdown

COVID-19 Declared a national emergency by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 16 March 2020. measures such as banning gatherings of more than 100 people and shutting down of schools were put in place to slow down the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The coronavirus(COVID-19) continued to spread aggressively, demanding intense measure to be taken, on 23 March President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a National Lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said, “Millions of our people have understood the gravity of the situation. Most South Africans have accepted the restrictions that have been placed on their lives and have taken responsibility for changing their behaviour.

I am heartened that every sector of society has been mobilised and has accepted the role that it needs to play.”

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23 March 2020 – Latest Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 From The Health Ministry

On 23 March 2020, it was announced that South Africa now has 402 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This means there has been an increase of 128 from yesterday’s, 22 March 2020 announcement.

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23 March 2020 – A practical survivor’s guide to self-quarantine

COVID-19 has halted business as usual. Around the globe business travel has come to a grinding halt as governments warn against non-essential travel, both domestic and international; borders are closed; and employers are encouraged to support remote working so team members can self-isolate in an attempt to the stem the spread of the virus.

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20 March 2020 – Message From SA Chefs President James Khoza And Worldchefs President Thomas A. Gugler Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic.

As the South African culinary industry joins their international counterparts in this challenging time amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, SA Chefs President James Khoza and Worldchefs President Thomas A. Gugler call on all Chefs to reach out and support each other.

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20 March 2020 – Chef Luke Dale Roberts Closes His Restaurant Temporarily due to COVID-19

CHEF Luke Dale Roberts and his senior management team have made the decision to self-isolate all their restaurants and their respective employees for the next fourteen (14) days. This will come into activation as from this afternoon and post-lunch service.

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18 March 2020 – New dates announced for The Vegan & Plant Powered Show

The Vegan & Plant Powered Show (VPPS)  South Africa’s first dedicated vegan and plant-based exhibition presented by Live Events has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will now take place on September 5-6 2020. It was scheduled to take place at the end of May. The venue remains the same, the CTICC in Cape Town.

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