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Ters support is a ‘must’ for struggling tourism sector right now

Return to Level 4 lockdown has dealt a further blow to workers in this hard-hit industry.
International travel to SA has dried up and now even domestic travel is being restricted. Image: Supplied

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) wants government to reinstate the UIF Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) for struggling tourism and hospitality industry workers immediately.

“We can’t wait. A decision needs to be made now to avoid further job losses and heartache for our workers – many of whom are already on half-pay and are battling to make ends meet,” says Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the umbrella tourism body.

The TBCSA’s members include the Federated Hospitality Association of SA, Southern Africa Tourism Services Association, Southern African Association for the Conference Industry, the Airlines Association of Southern Africa, the Association of Southern African Travel Agents and Cape Town Tourism.

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“Covid-19 alert Level 4 lockdown restrictions are currently in place and the industry is under even more strain and continues to be one of the hardest hit,” says Tshivhengwa.

“We don’t have an international tourist market currently due to the pandemic, and now under the harsher lockdown, domestic tourism is being curtailed.

“Leisure travel is restricted out of Gauteng, which accounts for more than half of the country’s domestic tourist market. That is why some hotel groups like Sun International have been forced to close casinos and hotels such as the Sun City resort.”

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“I acknowledge that we have a Covid third wave surge to deal with as a country and that’s why government has implemented a Level 4 lockdown. However, if we have tougher restrictions in place, the worst affected industries such as the tourism, hospitality and even the liquor sector need financial support from government,” stresses Tshivhengwa.

“UIF Ters support is a must right now and we want government to make a decision to reinstate it straight away. The current restrictions are in place for two weeks, but who knows … It could be extended, and a delayed decision around UIF Ters support won’t be good for our embattled industry.”

Nedlac discussions

He says the TBCSA has been lobbying hard with the UIF sub-committee at Nedlac. A meeting took place on Wednesday and a follow-up meeting is set to take place on Friday, when the council is expected to get feedback on the matter.

“In fact, we have been having ongoing discussions around UIF Ters for the industry since last year.

“Even under lower restrictions, some sub-sectors of the tourism industry has not been allowed to fully operate, such as conferencing and events,” says Tshivhengwa.

“Some businesses have effectively not operated since March last year. If they are still going, they need support and we will continue to lobby on this,” he adds.

Meanwhile, Western Cape MEC of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier has written to Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi requesting that he reopens Ters for the duration of Level 4 restrictions to assist businesses and employees who are not able to operate.

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Many businesses, particularly in the hospitality and liquor sectors have already been hard-hit with significant job losses during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement earlier this week.

“Wine farms, restaurants and coffee shops cannot survive on takeaways alone. Two weeks of no income for these businesses, as well as cinemas, gyms, casinos, conferencing venues and theatres, will have a direct and sudden impact on people’s livelihoods – their ability to pay salaries, rent and buy food,” Maynier added.

“The UIF Ters funds could provide the lifeline that businesses and employees need to sustain their operations while these restrictions on the economy are in place.”

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Perhaps those thieving ANC cadres can empty their pockets of the money they stole and donate it to all those thousands of people who are now unemployed with no prospects of the tourism sector reopening in the next twelve months at least….however I guess the ANC cadres don’t care and have spent the cash on bling already.

This is why the government are providing vaccines and TERS allowance for those affected. What ANC cadres are you referring to? At least twelve months to reopen tourism. According to whom? Some of the borders are open, and aircraft can land and takeoff, there are some hotels open. It’s clear the ANC must to care to some degree considering the efforts made to curb this virus and keep the economy going.

According to Google the first covid death was 11 Jan 2020 and till now a total of 3.96 m people have died.Total world population is 7.674 billion.What other diseases are there where more people get killed in the same period?

No other viruses have the impact that COVID-19 has had in 2020. The only two diseases with a higher number of cases were cancer (all) and heart disease. What is often left without consideration is that COVID-19 doesn’t take the place of other diseases, but rather adds to the list and compounding mortality rates. Furthermore, it’s a virus and as we know, these can mutate and worsen. Then take into consideration that there is growing evidence that COVID-19 often has nasty long-term side effects ranging from fatigue, to organ damage or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome.

It’s scary and not something to play around with, even though mortality is relatively low so far, compared to previous pandemics.

Guys if the daily Covid-19 deaths are now 383 compared to 100 and 150 in waves 1 and 2 then surely the 3rd wave is more devastating and deadly?

Plus now 12,000 daily increases now compared to 1,500 or a 5,000.

The life insurance claims are going to be high.

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Death rate statistics in the world in the last 3 months of 2020

314,687 : Corona virus

340,584 : Malaria

353,696 : suicide

393,479 : road accidents

240,950 : HIV

558,471 : alcohol

816,498 : smoking

1,167,714: Cancer

Then do you think Corona is dangerous?

Or

is the purpose of the media campaign to settle the trade war between China and America

or

to reduce financial markets to prepare the stage of financial markets for mergers and acquisitions

or

to sell US Treasury bonds to cover their fiscal deficit.

Or

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81% of the Cases are MILD

14% of the Cases are MODERATE

Only 5% of the Cases are CRITICAL

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Let’s take one day ie 1 May as an example when Covid 19 took lives of 6406 in the world.
On the same day:

26,283 people died of Cancer

24,641 people died of Heart Disease

4,300 people died of Diabetes

Suicide took 28 times more lives than the virus did.

Mosquitoes kill 2,740 people every day, HUMANS kill 1,300 fellow humans every day, and Snakes kill 137 people every day. (Sharks kill 2 people a year)

*What you say ??*

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