By Nyakallo Mosala

South Africa will mark its fourth month of lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic on 26th July 2020. And with the vaccine or cure still a pipe dream, the tourism industry continues to bear the brunt of COVID-19 as the industry continues at a halt. It is for these reasons that the NorthWest Tourism Business Owners (NWTBO), held a province wide protests to district municipalities, as a plea to get their business to re-open for operation.

“Our outcry is to put pressure on government to re-open the industry. We believe that like other sectors that are open, it is about time government re-opens our sector as soon as possible. Tourism sector will also adhere to the strict Covid-19 regulations in safety of the travellers. We plead with the government and Covid-19 command council to save millions of jobs and also save the businesses from collapsing. We believe that should the lockdown be prolonged, at least 70% of small businesses in the sector will close shop,” read the statement.

The protests took place in Mahikeng, Mogwase, Haartbeespoort and Zeerust.