The absolute saints who have been delivering our orders from McDonald’s and other beloved eateries have just about made this lockdown bearable. As the government continues to speculate about the right time to ease the Level 4 restrictions, the restaurant industry wants some leeway – and that starts with drive-thru options.
What Mcdonald’s restaurants are open for delivery in South Africa?
The fast-food giants confirmed on Wednesday that more outlets have been added to their list of restaurants allowed to carry out delivery services. There are now more than 100 places you can get a Maccies delivered to your door in South Africa, with the full updated list here:
Will drive-thrus open for the next level of lockdown?
McDonald’s South Africa CEO Greg Solomon is happy with the way things are going, but he admitted to eNCA on Wednesday that the business cannot survive on takeaways alone. Solomon explained that 90% of all business still remains shutdown. He’s now arguing that the drive-thru method of distributing food is even safer than the current delivery protocols.
With the announcement of Level 3 regulations supposedly just days away, the CEO is lobbying the government to allow cars to pick-up a McDonalds while practicing stringent social distancing laws. President Ramaphosa does own a stake in the franchise – so Cyril might have his ear bent on this issue:
“We’re humble and thankful for opening up delivery but it is just over 10% of our total business. It’s almost like taking our eight million customers a month and saying ‘go use delivery’. Deliveries allow us to sort of, oil the wheels, and we’re operating in an environment where we need to use PPE and have limited hours.”
“The revenue has been reasonably pleasing but it’s our smallest and least profitable channel. Drive-thru, on the other hand, is equal if not better from a social distancing and hygiene standpoint we believe certainly that will open up the market. We’ve got 300 restaurants only 100 are operating on delivery.”