It’s Back to Business for Sun International’s South Africa Casino Operations


Sun International Plans to Cut Thousands of JobsThe news outlet, Reuters reports an announcement by Sun International that all its South African operations have recommenced. Many resorts, casinos and hotels were shut down in the country for months on end to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

Sun International confirmed that the opened casinos include its luxury flagship resort, Sun City, which reopened in September when the inter-provincial travel ban was lifted.

According to the company, however, the pandemic continues to affect its trading. Nevertheless, Sun International’s liquidity position remains robust.

In the meantime, Sun International welcomed the news that President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally opened the country’s borders to international travel.

In a statement to the press, Sun International’s chief operating officer for hospitality, Graham Wood said the move would undoubtedly have a positive effect on South Africa’s hospitality and tourism industry. This, in turn, would impact the broader economy since tourism plays such as large part in the country.

“We, at Sun International, welcome the president’s announcement on the lifting of international travel restrictions. However, one must also be guarded against the presumption that there’s always going to be an immediate surge in international visitors to South Africa,” said Wood.

“We are removing our own restrictions and allowing people to choose to come to SA. And this will certainly help us in the short to medium term,” he added.

The President reopened South Africa’s borders on November 11th under certain restrictions. Among them, travelers need to provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID test, obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel. If travelers cannot submit a negative test, they have to quarantine themselves at their own costs. At present, international travel is restricted to OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town International Airports.