Business organisation welcomes relaxing of ban on warm food sales

But Sakeliga warns that proposed new regulations are incredibly complex and will be impossible to comply with.

Business organisation welcomes relaxing of ban on warm food sales

The business organisation Sakeliga (‘Business League’) has welcomed the relaxation of regulations on the sale and delivery of warm food when lockdown regulations are eased from 1 May.

“The relaxation of unlawful, harmful and unenforceable rules pertaining to food and food delivery will do much to improve access to food and employment for the public,” the organisation says in a statement released on Saturday 25 April.

However, the Sakeliga warns that, despite what it calls “some welcome developments” it believes the proposed new regulations still represent regulatory overkill.

On the brink of economic and humanitarian disaster

“South Africa is on the brink of economic and humanitarian disaster and no amount of stimulus can replace a re-opening of the economy, subject to risk limitations, rather than sectoral and product prohibitions,” the statement reads.

“The economy will only be able to recover sufficiently if we allow businesses across all industries to innovate around risks, operate at any profitable capacity, and deliver products to their customers.

“The proposed regulations are incredibly complex and will be impossible to comply with for even the most well-intentioned business or member of the public.”


Organisation says it may take further steps

Sakeliga says it will now study the proposed regulations with a view to providing final input before promulgation of the regulations next week, after which it will consider further steps.

Last week it was at loggerheads with Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel over his decision to implement a blanket ban on the sale of all cooked foods at supermarkets during Level 5 of the lockdown, which is due to end on 1 May.

The organisation was planning to take legal and constitutional action to challenge the ban, after noting that: “The current situation – where Ministers, government officials and public servants simply announce directives without due process and outside the bounds of law – is unacceptable. It conflicts with the rule of law and is an abuse of power. It detracts from public health, rather than adding to it.”

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An end to all of this now seems near, yet still so far. Here’s how to keep family frustrations at bay until Uncle Cyril finally gives us parole.

Now is not the time to let your family frustrations boil over

With South African families who live under the same roof still scheduled to spend the next few weeks in close proximity to each other, the chances of conflict remain high.

Not necessarily the domestic violence situations that so concern the authorities. We’re talking the simple squabbles that usually blow over quickly when people can go to work, the gym, or spend time hanging out with friends over coffee.

But those kinds of opportunities are still largely pipe dreams. And with our hopes for an end to lockdown now seemingly so near yet still so far after four weeks, family frustrations may be at an all-time high.

So how do you stop small-time bickering over who should be washing the tea cups from developing into a prolonged Cold War?

Understand your feelings of frustration and communicate them

Understand how you are feeling, advises Rakhi Beekrum, a counselling psychologist based in Durban North. Identify how you cope and whether your way of coping is helpful or harmful to family members around you. Then establish what you need to feel safe. Once you know, it’s easier to take steps to meet these needs, either by yourself or by communicating to others.

In a column published on Independent Online, Beekrum says communicating those feelings clearly to your family is vital.

Even those closest to you are not mind-readers, so don’t presume that how you’re feeling should be obvious. Be mindful of your tone when communicating. You are more likely to get what you want when you ask politely and explain why it’s important.

She emphasises that there is no easy escape just yet.

“So before a confrontation, be sure that it is [very] important. If it is, rather express your complaint as a wish. Instead of complaining about something, rather express your wish.”

Expressions of contempt are poisonous

Do not permit small expressions of contempt to take place, urges Eleanor Gordon-Smith, an Australian-born writer and academic.

“Anger, frustration, sadness [and] blame – yes, but never contempt,” she says. “Keep contempt out of your home and you’ll have a difference in the kind – not just degree – of fights [that you have] and the curdled sprawls that ruin families.”

Gordon-Smith advises that you shouldn’t take it in your stride when people speak to you in ways you don’t like. Instead, act surprised. Surprise, she explains, marks clear edges around what we expect of our relationships. So communicating that a particular situation isn’t normal is often an effective way of communicating that “it shouldn’t be like this”.

And talk, she stresses.

“We have to talk. If people can’t ask directly for what they need they’ll either manipulate it out of other people or silently resent that they’re not getting it. Practise honestly asking and honestly telling; do each other the service of hoping those conversations can be productive.”

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