South Africa: Strict lockdown outlaws trade and fishing
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Despite some restrictions under the South African Government’s anti-COVID-19 strategy being lifted – from Level 5 to Level 4 – recreational fishing remains in a state of lockdown.
Eugene Kruger, Editor-in-Chief at All Lion Enterprises, publisher of a series of angling magazines in the region, reports that one major player in the outdoor leisure industry, International Investment Holdings, has managed to obtain a court order allowing it to trade. However, as its major activity is supplying the hunting and camping sectors, the angling component is insignificant.
“Dedicated angling wholesalers and bricks-and-mortar retailers remain closed while online sales continue to suffer under the Trade and Industry Minister’s decree that e-commerce is also not allowed simply because it is deemed ‘unfair’ to those businesses that do not have access to a digital sales platform.
“Actual recreational fishing remains closed on all fronts, and while the main angling associations have petitioned the Government to allow it, all requests have been refused.”