As South Africa is gearing up to start Covid-19 vaccinations in the next few months, we look cautiously forward to a later half year brimmed with weddings. Many weddings planned or scheduled for 2020 were cancelled or rescheduled due to the devastating pandemic.

The promise of an imminent vaccination promise gives hope to many couples that didn’t tie the not in smaller intimate ceremonies yet. In January 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the South African government would deliver a mass COVID-19 vaccination program to reach all 60 million South Africans.

Even with a vaccine, it may be naive to think that we will go entirely back to the way things were before the virus hit. People may still be cautious and opt for smaller parties and exert more control over things like food. Innovative thinking from caterers will be needed to take advantage of the uptick in business in the new normal. For example, our slushy machines can be dual purposed to serve self serve ice slurry cocktails in no contact event bars.

At Caterwize we are hopeful that 2021 will be the year of the wedding, and are making plans to support caterers of all sizes to get the equipment they need to service a potentially booming market. In the meantime, we encourage members of the public to support caterers keep afloat by offering home-delivered meals.