Hair salons are fighting to reopen! According to IOL, salon owners in Cape Town have launched an urgent interdict. This could set a precedent for similar smaller businesses around the country.
So many other small businesses including hair salon owners, beauty therapists, and cosmetology studios face financial ruin if they are forced to remain closed during the lockdown.
Jade Tomé, a South African hair industry entrepreneur currently living in Portugal is assisting with this initiative, “As you know, we are currently at Level 1, which is predicted to roll out in February 2021.
There are supposed negotiations from the current hair and beauty industry upgraded to Level 3, which is scheduled to happen in September.
First, the only proof we have of any negotiations are a few emails circulating on social media. Second, experts are predicting a spike in infections in September.
According to IOL, Tomé said a court case was the only way to place all statistical data and expert opinions on record, and to reach a just and fair outcome.
“There is a need for an urgent court interdict that will expose the direct impact this lockdown has already caused within the first six weeks, and to clearly demonstrate the irreversible effects it will have cause should this be carried out any further,” Tomé said.
An online petition launched by the Employers Organisation for Hairdressing, Cosmetology and Beauty, pleading with the government to reconsider its decision has received more than 70 000 online signatures.
Advocate Carlo Viljoen from Victor Online Legal Consultancy and his team of associates will now head to the High Court to apply for an urgent court interdict for the industry to reopen.
Sources: IOL, Cape Argus
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