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.”

Sakeliga

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.”

Source : The South African More