Government is yet to pay accommodation facilities that it has been using as quarantine centres for suspected COVID-19 patients travelling from outside the country.
While it is not clear as to how much government owes, LHHA estimates that the total bill could be around M100 million, with at least 41 facilities of its members having provided accommodation services to government since April.
LHHA said in an interview with Metro that it entered into a six-month contract with government to render accommodation services but no payment has been made to date.
As a result, the association plans to take further actions against government if the situation does not change.
LHHA President ’Marethabile Sekhiba told this publication that most businesses struggle to stay afloat adding that some actually face collapse.
“We have been trying to make efforts but no one seems to listen to our grievances. Today we are going to meet the Prime Minister to discuss other issues but we will definitely take advantage and ask him about this payment situation.
“It is tough particularly because some of us had to get loans from the banks in order to execute such services, but now that the work is done, nobody seems to care as to whether we get paid or not,” Mrs Sekhiba said.