Graham Wood, Sun International Group COO: Hospitality, issued the following statement on 15 August 2020, in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that South Africa will move into alert level 2 of lockdown from midnight on Monday 17 August 2020.

“We welcome the announcement by the President this evening that we can move to level two restrictions from midnight on Monday. To say we are delighted by this news would be an understatement.

With interprovincial travel restrictions lifted our tourist hotels and resorts such as Sun City will finally be able to reopen. We will advise of Sun City’s re-opening date in due course.

With interprovincial travel restrictions lifted our tourist hotels and resorts such as Sun City will finally be able to reopen. We will advise of Sun City’s re-opening date in due course.

It is unfortunate that the curfew could not be further relaxed, but we are grateful and relieved that our restaurants can again serve alcohol. But lifting the onerous ban on alcohol will boost footfall to our properties.

Our casinos have been operating since 1 July and customers have been very supportive, but the curfew has hurt our business by reducing operating hours at a time when numbers on the floor already had to be limited, so we are hopeful that this can be relaxed or lifted soon.

“Our current health and safety protocols will remain in place, and all Sun International properties now bear the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) safe stamp of approval.”

Our current health and safety protocols will remain in place, and all Sun International properties now bear the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) safe stamp of approval, verifying that the COVID-19 health and safety protocols we have in place meet international benchmarks.”

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