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Sturks Tobacco Shop shuts Greenmarket Square doors after 226 years

2 June 2020 11:30 AM
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Cape Town
Greenmarket Square
Lester Kiewit
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Diane Chakim

The cigarette ban has killed the oldest store in South Africa. Lester Kiewit interviews Sturks Tobacco Shop owner Diane Chakim.

Sturks Tobacco Shop opened its doors in central Cape Town on 1 August 1793 – it hasn’t closed them since, until now.

The 226-year-old shop, after surviving numerous wars and cataclysms – and plagues – has finally met its match in the Covid-19 lockdown.

Image credit: www.facebook.com/SturksTobacconists

Lester Kiewit interviewed Diane Chakim, owner at Sturks Tobacco Shop – the oldest store (and, perhaps, the oldest business) in South Africa.

It’s been in this spot for as long as anyone can remember…

Diane Chakim, owner - Sturks Tobacco Shop

When the lockdown began on 27 March, we were hopeful. We thought a week, or two, or three… We were understanding… Now we’re in June and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel! … My business had to shut down… but there’s no shortage of cigarettes! The illicit trade is booming! … People will pay anything… it’s evil!

Diane Chakim, owner - Sturks Tobacco Shop

Smoking will always be around. A ban will never work. Trends have changed…. People roll their own cigarettes and a huge vaping trend… far healthier than smoking…

Diane Chakim, owner - Sturks Tobacco Shop

It's mindboggling that our country is under the control – I don’t want to speak out of turn…

Diane Chakim, owner - Sturks Tobacco Shop

The queue at liquor stores! No social distancing! It just doesn’t make sense! It’s ruining lives… I had to vacate my premises… the landlord tried to help…

Diane Chakim, owner - Sturks Tobacco Shop

We will reappear!

Diane Chakim, owner - Sturks Tobacco Shop

Listen to the interview in the audio below.


2 June 2020 11:30 AM
Tags:
Cape Town
Greenmarket Square
Lester Kiewit
Coronavirus
Lockdown
COVID-19
coronavirus in South Africa
covid-19 in south africa
cigarette ban
ban on cigarette sales
cigarette sale ban
Sturks Tobacco Shop
Diane Chakim

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