Winston Coetzee owns a business and he’s furious about taxis being permitted to operate at 100%. The regulations allow full capacity on short trips (under 2 hours) under the latest COVID-19 lockdown regulations. Winston Coetzee, a business owner, and musician in South Africa strongly objects to the lockdown regulations. The Loving Life 2020 channel on YouTube shared his vlog.
Winston Coetzee businessman slams President Ramaphose
President Ramaphosa’s Sunday night address to the nation reinstated the ban on alcohol. In the same speech, taxis were granted permission to operate at 100% capacity providing the windows are partially open. Winston Coetzee, a singer and bar owner is objecting. Admittedly, taxis transport people to work, an important function at any time. On the whole, though, South Africans know the taxi associations wield enormous political clout.
It took one blockade of the airport to exempt them from e-tolls. It took one demand for financial assistance from the government during COVID-19 to have them permitted to operate at 100% capacity. Yet small businesses and tourism operators remain ignored, sidelined, and going down the tube rapidly.
‘If taxis can operate at 100%. I can operate at 100%’
In the rant shared on Youtube, Winston Coetzee lamented the demise of his income and business. Furthermore, he lashed out at President Ramaphosa for a lack of common sense. Moreover, is a small music bar more dangerous than a taxi at 100% capacity? he asks. He went on to strongly criticise the National COVID Command Council for breaking small business people in South Africa. Winston asked the question, “How many people are jobless as the result of this lockdown?” In a country of high unemployment prior to COVID-19, the figures being touted currently range from 10 to 17 million.
“You and your council still draw salaries,” Winston says. Absolutely, no civil servants have been made redundant or retrenched under COVID-19 with the possible exception of the failed SOE, South African Airways. Moreover, the SAA saga was not instigated by COVID-19, but more importantly, by ill-qualified board members. COVID-19 was, to quote entrepreneur, Vusi Thembekwayo, “the coffin” in which the ANC is burying the economy.
“If I want to have a smoke. I will have a smoke.” Winston says. “If I want to sell smokes, I will sell smokes.” He says, insisting that the NEC and President Ramaphosa have taken away his human rights.
YouTubers’ reactions range from National World Order conspiracy theorists to those wishing the ANC leadership dead. Ria S1 says “You Are saying what we are all feeling Winston. Hang in there my friend. We will get there. Tired of being treated like babies. We will do what we like. He’s a puppet for the N W O.”
On the other hand, Johannes van Vurren takes a friendlier tone asking “Where is your business? So we can support you brother. We with you. Gatvol.”
Notably, no taxi owners posted comments.
Winston Coetzee’s rant is indicative of the rage and frustration many small business owners are experiencing right now in South Africa. Perhaps it is time to engage the taxi associations and get them to demand changes for all businesses? Clearly, they are the only ones with any power. What do you think? Have your say.
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