There Is No Normal To Go Back To: South Africa’s Most Loved Brands & Joints Close Down

The COVID-19 pandemic has fully kicked in, and as expected, it has had a crippling effect on the country’s economy and many businesses – both big and small. With several businesses feeling the pinch of the pandemic, many have been forced to make changes in how they operate, and some have been faced with the tough decision to permanently shut down.

Below, we list just a few of the businesses that have been affected by the pandemic and forced to close their doors:

Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar

Joburg’s popular breakfast and brunch spot located in vibrant Melville, Pablo-Eggs-Go-Bar is, unfortunately, amongst a number of South African businesses affected by the pandemic.

In a post shared on the restaurant’s Instagram page, owners Louis and Leigh Hofmeyr wrote: “We are sad to say that the Pablo Eggs Go Bar Melville is closing its doors. It’s been a wonderful four years on that magical corner but in these uncertain times we have decided to consolidate our financial exposure and we simply lack the financial needs to reopen. We will still be very much a part of the Melville community from Pablo House and thank you ALL for the wonderful memories and new friendships.”

The Kitchen

In a Facebook post, restaurant owner, chef, and food writer, Karen expressed her sadness and announced that the popular Woodstock restaurant well-known for its exceptional salads, Love Sandwiches, and buzzing atmosphere, would not be opening its doors to serve its community post-pandemic. Many Capetonians, regulars, and restaurant-lovers have expressed their sadness and disappointment of the news that broke.

Jo’Burg Bar on Long Street

For many, nights out on Long Street, Cape Town will not be the same without one of the street’s long-standing bars, Jo’Burg Bar. Bruce Gordon, who is the owner of the bar, took to Facebook to share that the bar will close its doors permanently after 22 years. “I am very sad to announce the closing of Jo’Burg Bar after 22 years of indulgence and debauchery,” he shared.

Jo’Burg Bar was popularly known for its unique rt collection which had been created by the likes of Brett Murray, Conrad Botes, Suer Williamson, Andrew Putter and Dale Yudelman.

Margot Molyneux

Located in the heart of the Mother City, Margot Molyneux is a designer, clothing boutique, and studio that has produced classic women and men’s garments in a variety of soft, natural and textured fabrics. Since its inception ten years ago, the brand has created unique pieces of clothing inspired by the beautiful city they are produced in and the world around us.

Although it has been a wonderful journey to watch the brand grow over the years and produce classic and timeless garments, all good things do come to an end. The brand has shared on their Instagram page that due to the uncertain events that have unfolded over the months, the brand will close permanently. “We’ll be slowly wrapping things up over the next few weeks, with our studio closing at the end of July and our beautiful store in Roeland Street closing on Saturday, 29 August.”

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Media24 Publications

Early last week, it was reported that Media24 plan to close a number of magazines and newspapers due to the imprint that the COVID-19 pandemic has left on the South African economy and businesses. In a press release published on Tuesday, 7 July, the leading publisher announced that Move!, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Bicycling and Runner’s World, and DRUM would no longer be printed, and will only be available online. Newspapers that will close down include Son op Sondag, Sunday Sun, and The Eastern Cape edition of Die Son.


Andpeople is a youth engagement specialist agency founded in 2012 by Michael Leslie. After eight years of business and working with some local and world-renowned brands, the Cape Town-based agency shared that it will be closing its doors due to the unexpected impact of COVID-19. The agency officially closed down on the 30th of June.

Associated Media Publishing

After over 30 years of business, one of South Africa’s leading and well-known media houses took the decision to close down as print media has been faced with tragic, and unprecedented challenges as a result of the current world crisis. The publication included CosmopolitanHouse and LeisureGood Housekeeping and Women on Wheels.

Caxton & CTP Publishers  & Printers Limited (Cat)

Over a month ago, Caxton’s Board of Directors announced that the company had begun the process of withdrawing from magazine publishing and associated businesses. The decision had been influenced by the negative impact the 21-day lockdown had on economic activity. Evidently, the print media industry has been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room

The famous restaurant located on Bree Street, Cape Town, has shared that the will close their doors later this month. “We have tried everything and every version of everything but it’s not working,” they shared in an Instagram post.

“Our last day will be the 26th, to give you all a chance to enjoy your last Clarke’s favourite. If we don’t have a good turn out then we’ll close before that,” they added.

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