The Covid-19 pandemic era has negatively impacted a lot of companies in South Africa and the hazardous results has not only impacted company owners but has seen workers in the food industry picking on bones and crumbs.
So many restaurants have shut their doors permanently, leaving their workers jobless and starring at an uncertain future. Some restaurants are holding onto the little hope that tables will turn for the better in the near future.
A waitor friend of mine who preferred to remain anonymous said to me, " Imagine having to survive on tips with no salary, yet there are no clients coming in to eat. In a day we probably get 2 or 3 tables. People are still scared to come out i guess." The pain in her eyes was visible, and it broke my heart.
Busi (not her real name) also added, " A receptionist earning over R5000 before the pandemic now turned sculler earning R1000 a month" she laughs then " it's not even enough for my monthly transport to work, let alone food or rent which i still owe for the months i have been sitting at home before being called back to work.
My 3rd friend pitches in, " Imagine being grateful for this plate of food (shows me picture displayed on the story), i never thought in a million years I'd be reduced to eating such."
This is nothing but just the tip of the iceberg for the food and hospitality industry. Waitors have been reduced to beggars and survival is surely for the fittest. For my three friends struggling to make ends meet, I'm crying for help. Upkeep, clearing rental bills and putting food on the table.