As with so many across the world, Spitality Agency had a Training College which has been financially flattened due to the economically devastating effect of both COVID-19 and the subsequent Lockdown within South Africa. With the outbreak in South Africa starting less than a neighbor away from our offices, we felt the impact overnight with people, conferences, weddings, diners, and events cancelling due to the fear of Corona Virus.We went from a busy agency and college, to almost completely no business for the two weeks prior to forced lockdown in March. As members of the South African Youth industry we have sadly received no support or financial aid/relief. Our very comprehensive insurance cover (which includes cover for the SARS virus) is not paying out our business interruption. Banks won't loan bridging finance due to the hospitality industry being too high risk and there is no financial assistance as promised by Government to small and medium enterprises within South Africa.
We have sadly had to stop our training college until next year as we cannot expect parents to pay for a practical-based course when we aren't allowed (by law) to operate properly until level 1. We have exhausted every alternate option before asking for help from the public. We know so many have been devastated by the COVID-19 virus. As a very last resort, we turn to the public to seek help. We are allowed to open up to business travelers now, but with us being closed for 3 months, and background overheads still costing us monthly, we have nothing left. As a young black owned business, we do not have large cash reserves like that of a corporation.
We are appealing to our extended family and artisan fans all over the world for your support. Your financial contributions (no matter the size) will help us cover expenses that have become insurmountable after losing three months of turnover. We are desperate, and the prospect of losing our family business and college, which has been a stepping stone for young artists adults into the industry, is becoming more likely with every passing day. 10 employees (who feel like extended family to us and are the main breadwinners for their families) will also suffer should we not pull through.
Any funds donated will go towards covering the expenses that have accumulated over the last few months, and give us the capital to re-open with the myriad new regulations being imposed on the Hospitality industry. It will also help the Training College to stay open to continue the academic year with the 2020 class next year. If surplus funding is gifted, not only will this will allow us to contribute to our community but also employ more artisans.
Thank you for reading this far and for your consideration.