Durban’s entertainment industry ready for level 1
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address SA this week on the easing of the lockdown regulations.
Ramaphosa announced the extension of the national state of disaster to October 15. The entertainment industry did not welcome the news and raised complaints on how the lockdown has affected the entertainment businesses, with artist not being able to make money as both public and private gatherings were prohibited or extremely limited.
Durban’s entertainment industry is optimistic about the move to level 1. The move will most likely result in boarders being opened and the curfew being lifted.
One of Durban’s most notable entertainment bloggers, Sandile Nene, said the move will not only benefits artists but also people who work behind the scenes.
“What a lot of people do not realise is that the lockdown has not only affected artists but also people who work behind the scenes, like bloggers, securities, waiters and so many other people who are involved in entertainment industry. The festive season is around the corner and that’s when the industry makes more money, so the president should move to level 1 and maybe people will have something to eat during the festive season,” he said.
Founder of the Wine Wednesdays, Lindo Buthelezi, said when the country moves to level 1, they going to be able to pay their car instalments and any outstanding debts.
“We beg the president to open the country, if he does, we are going to follow all the safety measures needed to curb the spread of the virus. Like any other business establishments, we also need to make money for us to pay our debts,” said Buthelezi.