Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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14 Jul 2020
5:12 pm

Restaurants Association’s lawsuit over non-use of liquor licences could cost govt R1bn 

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Staff at a popular Sandton bistro were left with no income and an uncertain future since the restaurant closed its doors in March.

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In the hours before Sunday night’s announcement of the liquor ban, the managers and workers at Del Forno in Flora Park, Roodepoort were already preparing for the worst. Although the place was opened, with tables laid in the hope for a few sit-in customers, the restaurant was only populated by staff. But there was activity in the parking lot where delivery scooters were being revved for take-off by masked men, headed for customers who were largely staying away from the outside world. Wendy Alberts, CEO of the Restaurants Association of South Africa, was notably frustrated and spoke with deep concern...