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Crime hits small business big time

Cape Times A gem on the dam," reads the headline of a newspaper review framed on the wall hanging in Tasca do Sol. A Portuguese restaurant famed for its Algarve cooking and situated near the picturesque Westdene dam in Jo'burg, it should be chock-a-block with hungry patrons.

But, after seven armed robberies and a burglary at the restaurant in the space of two years, patronage has dwindled and Jenna Goncalves, the owner, is despondent.

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