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To our valued guests,

This is without a doubt the most difficult time we have ever faced in business and for many of us, our lives. My team and I were already facing challenges with rising costs, load shedding and the declaration of recession. Facing the COVID 19 pandemic means we are at breaking point.

I opened Social on Main, Bryanston in 2014 and over the past 6 years we have gone on to open 3 additional restaurants, Social Parkwood/Bolton Rd Collection, Saigon Suzy Parkwood and recently Saigon Suzy Fourways. We employ 130 people who, we estimate, support between 550-600 dependents. We have experienced great times and some tough times but we have always been resilient and, with your support, we have survived.

As our government took decisive action to try and flatten the curve and protect South African citizens we were faced with increasing restrictions and limitations on trade and so, on 23rd March, after considering every possible option available, we made the very painful and heart-breaking decision to lay off our staff. We are supporting our staff by making applications to UIF but, understandably,  UIF is overwhelmed and truthfully, any support they manage to secure from UIF will not be enough. We simply have to be in a position to reopen and rehire our staff when this crisis has passed.

We are using this downtime to focus on the positive, the road and ahead, and to reflect on the people who have made our business. Our recovery is going to be long, difficult and without guarantee but we are working tirelessly on it. We promise to improve our products (so lots of recipe testing at home), work on training programmes so we can, hopefully, ensure that we can rehire and keep all 130 staff previously employed. I believe we are going to flood the streets in celebration when this is over, we will want to eat, we will want to drink, we will want to dance.  To do this we will need the money and your help!

Would you consider donating to the welfare of our business, staff and their families? If so, you can do this by making a donation to this crowdfunding campaign. Any funding received will be used to enable us to reopen and support staff wages over the re-opening period. The money that you choose to donate will be greatly appreciated and will give the chance to support staff and their dependents again long term rather than a quick fix. We hope to repay you with great food, delicious drinks and plenty of memory making, fun times. We humbly ask that you donate what you can, each and every rand and cent will count.

Many thanks, stay home, stay safe and we will see you on the other side.

Bruce Beattie

Donations

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Best of luck and thank you for thinking of your staff! " - A

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Best of luck and thank you for thinking of your staff! " - A

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Good luck guys, I am sorry it is so tough out there " - Nikki Ramsay

  • May 29, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Good luck guys, I am sorry it is so tough out there " - Nikki Ramsay

  • May 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Best of luck and thank you for thinking of your staff! " - A

  • May 07, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thinking of you all in this difficult time! Hope to see you when this is over!" - Janine

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Good luck guys, I am sorry it is so tough out there " - Nikki Ramsay

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Best of luck and thank you for thinking of your staff! " - A

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 20 000.00
  • "

    XXX

    " - Us

  • Apr 26, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Dankie dat julle vir julle personeel omgee." - Anoniem

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 105.29
  • "Stay strong. So proud of you both x" - Irene

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Good Luck from another Tiger Tiger legend." - Andreas Feuerstein

  • Apr 21, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Good luck , this too shall pass" - Debs

  • Apr 18, 2020 - USD $ 53.33
  • "We’ll be back..." - Bev

  • Apr 17, 2020 - USD $ 37.47
  • "Good luck Bruce and Sarra, a great thing you guys are doing at this very difficult time! " - Sam Stanley

  • Apr 16, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Hang in there" - Winston

  • Apr 14, 2020 - R 5 250.00
  • "All the best guys!! Hopefully this will all be over soon" - Clint and Rachel

  • Apr 14, 2020 - R 2 012.00
  • "

    Hang in there

    " - Dean Prigge

  • Apr 10, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Stay safe" - Anonymous

  • Apr 10, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Hope this helps.

    " - Kiros

  • Apr 10, 2020 - R 2 012.00
  • "

    Good luck Bruce:)

    " - Chiara

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "For a great team" - Anonymous

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 5 250.00
  • "Thinking of you guys..." - Anonymous

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 5 012.00
  • "

    You will overcome.

    " - Anonymous

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Good luck guys !!!" - Heidi and Si

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Hope every small bits help xx" - The Lam Gang - Candace

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Something small to help these amazing restaurants through this difficult time. " - Carys

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Not much but hope it helps!

    " - Tarran

  • Apr 06, 2020 - R 1 500.00
  • "All the very best, we pray you will reach your target! " - Taryn & Matt Pouncett

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 1 575.00
  • "Hang in there!!" - One of the Phew

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 6 300.00
  • "Hope it helps! " - We do what we can

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Best of luck and thank you for thinking of your staff! " - A

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 53.22
  • "Good luck Bruce!!! " - Jon Saunders

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 122.77
  • "Bruce, without question or hesitation good luck with your target!" - By a 'Living Legend' from the Tiger Tiger days!

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 61.38
  • "I feel your pain brother. I hope this will all be over soon and we will come out stronger than before. Good luck to you all. " - Stephan currie

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Phok yeah! Will donate what I can to support your awesome family." - Janine lawrence

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 3 150.00
  • "Supported you guys from the beginning and will carry on when this ends " - Brandon and Shaeera Garbutt

  • Apr 04, 2020 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Dear Bruce, Sarra and team, I wish you all the very best at this difficult time. Darryn was kind enough to share. Big love and best of luck for the team at this difficult time ️" - Tristan Moffat

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Hang in there mate!! This too shall pass!" - Crew

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "There is no shame in this, Bruce. Hang in there and may God multiply the impact of this tally. Big love" - Dean & Cands

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Good luck guys, I am sorry it is so tough out there " - Nikki Ramsay

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "With lots of love xx" - Clare

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 2 500.00
  • "We always love to visit your restaurants when in SA and even more have enjoyed getting to know you personally. We will see you on the other side x" - Gail & Barry Vasey

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 2 500.00
  • "We wouldn’t want to see a world without Saigon Suzy or Social, but also are so touched by your dedication to your staff. We hope this donation can help in some way xxx" - Kara & Peter Neale

  • Apr 03, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "We love Saigon Suzy, we love you guys and we love that you care for your staff and their families like your own. This is what we would’ve spent on eating out of it weren’t for this lock-down xxx" - Lindsay Pringle

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My name is Bruce Beattie and I am the owner of four local restaurants in Johannesburg. I am raising funding for our business and employees. We employ 130 people who, we estimate, support between 550-600 dependents. This funding will help us ensure we re-open and rehire as many employees as possible, giving them the chance to support their dependents again long term rather than a quick fix.