“What we want to do is to secure some revenue and make the wheels turn, albeit a little bit slower.”
He said an interest rate cut and a decision from municipalities to suspend payment of rates could help small businesses.
“We have to battle through and knuckle down, I fear for the small business. They have no backing, they live from day-to-day and they depend on the cash flow,” he said.
Steyn said events such as the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn and the Knysna Oyster Festival were lifelines for small towns through the winter months.
The 25th KKNK, which was due to take place between March 23 and 30, is “not going ahead as planned” according to its website.
The chairperson of the festival’s board, Crispin Sonn, said the festival had a large financial and social impact on the Oudtshoorn community.
“All roleplayers from the various sectors who will be affected by the decision – artists, festivalgoers who have already bought tickets, vendors and other partners – will be advised going forward,” he said.
“Different possibilities are on the table. The outcome will be decided by the national government’s guidelines and how the Covid-19 pandemic develops globally.”
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Article source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2020-03-19-cape-town-hotel-offers-self-isolation-rooms-for-returning-south-africans/