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sabmillerFin24 reports that SA’s wine producers and liquor traders have slammed the government’s extension of the ban on the sale of alcohol, saying it will kill businesses and livelihoods.

The country is on its third alcohol ban since the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, following an unprecedented rise in cases and concerns that hospital beds will be filled up by alcohol related trauma cases.  Alcohol producers have been at loggerheads with the government for months over the bans, culminating in SA Breweries taking legal action.  Lucky Ntimane of the Liquor Traders Formation said on Tuesday that Ramaphosa had not consulted adequately with the industry before extending the ban.  The industry has called for off-premises alcohol trading in order to protect livelihoods.  The country’s taverns and shebeens employ 250,000 people out of the 415,000 livelihoods the industry accounts for and 165,000 people have already lost their jobs across the industry.  Ntimane said most liquor traders would not be able to reopen their doors once the ban was lifted.  The wine industry, a major role player in the Western Cape’s and the country’s economy, has already suffered significant financial and job losses during the two previous bans on alcohol sales in 2020 and more jobs tied to the wine value chain were being compromised, said Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Penelope Mashego at Fin24
  • Read too, Businesses on the brink from ban of alcohol, on page 4 of Sowetan of 13 January 2021

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