KASI entertainment spots Max’s Lifestyle and Eyadini in Umlazi, south of Durban, have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.

The owners told Daily Sun they were expecting to lose a lot of money.

Max’s Lifestyle boss Max Mqadi said he normally hosts between 1 500 and 2 000 people every Friday.

He said business was already slow before President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the national lockdown on Monday.

“When the president announced the 21-day lockdown, it was like rubbing salt on a wound because my business was already suffering financially,” he said.

“I had already started organising shorter shifts for the workers, but I’ve told them to stay at home as we’ve been instructed.”

Eyadini owner Jabulani Nzama said he didn’t want to cancel a picnic at Amanzimtoti in KZN this weekend.

He said he has also put on hold preparations for his annual Ugu Jazz Festival, scheduled for 27 June in Port Shepstone, KZN.

Eyadini Lounge owner Jabulani Zama. Photos by Jabulani Langa

“We’ve already started preparations for the jazz festival, but we’re cautious. So things are looking bad now,” he said.

Max’s Lifestyle owner Max Mqadi.

On the other hand, Max said it was good that people were respecting government’s call.

He said he was worried people would flock to his place and demand alcohol. But to his surprise, nobody had caused chaos.