Gloomy festive season for Durban beach traders

Lungani Zungu

Traders hoping to rake in big profits during the holiday season have been dealt a devastating blow.

Nomthandazo Ndlovu from Cato Ridge, who has been trading at Durban’s South Beach for ten years, said: “My head is spinning, I don’t know how my kids will survive.”

Among a variety of wares, Ndlovu sells traditional clothes. She said she normally makes more than R30,000 during the festive season. 

“I know the president is trying to save lives, but this will leave us broke,” she said.

Rickshaw owner, Thabani Mkhize said he will lose a lot of money. 

“No one considered us when this decision was made. It’s going to be a difficult festive season for us.”

Sibusiso Shinga from Ndwedwe, north of Durban said she supports the Covid-19 regulations.

“We have to save lives. It is painful for us as traders but if this is to save lives then I’m for it,” she said.

Beaches in KZN will be closed on 16, 25, 26, 31 December and 1 to 3 January. Beaches in the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape’s Garden Route will also be closed.

The eThekwini municipality promised to help traders survive the Covid-19 regulations.