Maqubela was in a rather pensive mood when he spoke to Sowetan after holding a meeting with his staff, trying to figure out how can he start operating so that some of his workers can have an income.
He said right from the end of January things started going south.
"By February the tourism sector was slowing down due to Covid-19... Two weeks before lockdown, already business was down. By that time we had lost 70% because we were not allowed to sell alcohol. People come here to drink, but when they get here, they find people eating and they also order food. What is a catch for us is that we sell liquor," Maqubela.
Sakhumzi employs 110 workers who got their last payment at the end of March. Since then, things have been hard for him and his workers.
"Last week, one of the workers was asking money for food. Today, another one called me saying they have kicked her out, took furniture and threw the groceries out on the street. It is not nice. We are praying for God to help us and our government.
"For me to sleep, I have to take the alcohol that is expiring. My debit orders are also expiring. We have also put a claim to the insurance and it declined," he said.
"Our government should at least allow customers to come and pick up the orders. We cannot be enriching foreign companies. We cannot afford that when someone buys food for R100, the delivering company takes R30 of that. We still have to pay our staff, buy groceries."
Guesthouses and B&Bs along Vilakazi Street have also taken a knock. Paula Majola and Nombeko Rwaxa lead a group of 13 establishments made up of guesthouses and B&Bs in the area.
They have been trying to figure out how they can survive the drought of no visitors for weeks, but still there is no answer. Majola and Rwaxa lead the Vilakazi Precinct Accommodation Association.
"The lockdown came just before the Easter weekend. It hit us hard. We had many bookings from churches and other people for the Easter weekend. We had to refund all of them and stop business," Rwaxa said.