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In the mists of Covid Mordor, it’s sometimes hard to tell whether our government is callous or inept. A series of incidents concerning the restaurant industry this week suggests it’s both.

At lunchtime on Wednesday, restaurateurs and service staff around SA took to the streets to protest the crippling effect lockdown regulations are having on the industry. If shuttered shops in Joburg’s once bustling restaurant strips don’t convey the full horror, Stats SA’s preliminary figures (http://www.statssa.gov.za/?page_id=1854&PPN=P6420&SCH=7778) for the nonretail food and beverage sector, released on Monday, are sure to...

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