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Sale of alcohol permitted ‘for certain days’

President Cyril Ramaphosa has lifted the alcohol ban that has been in place since 27 June because the nation strikes from adjusted alert stage 4 to adjusted alert stage 3.

Ramaphosa was addressing the nation about developments on the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALCOHOL BAN LIFTED

During the briefing, Ramaphosa mentioned non-essential institutions like eating places, taverns, bars and health centres could also be opened.



“Sale of alcohol from stores for offsite consumption shall be allowed from 10:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Thursday. Onsite permission shall be permitted for as much as 20:00 as per licensed circumstances.

The alcohol ban has devastated booze companies during the last 16 months or so. Rico Basson, Vinpro’s managing director, says that present restrictions can not final for at some point longer.

“The majority of South African wineries are small to medium enterprises who rely strongly on direct sales in the local market and through wine tourism including restaurants and tasting rooms. Their revenue stream has been cut off and we will see more business closures, pay cut and job losses should the ban continue past 25 July 2021.”

The National Liquor Traders (NLT) additionally known as on President Cyril Ramaphosa to elevate the ban on alcohol and to set our nation in the direction of financial recovery immediately. 

“The latest 4-week alcohol ban that the taverns and the broader alcohol industry have been subjected to has been the harshest yet, over and above the 20 weeks of non-trading that we had to endure with the 3 previous bans combined. We have yet to see the evidence that the decisions to ban alcohol were based on science or even common sense,” NLT Convener, Lucky Ntimane mentioned.

“We anticipate that more than 10 000 taverns will not be able to open their doors when the ban on alcohol is finally lifted owing to depleted savings and this being a hand to mouth business enterprise. Over 200 000 livelihoods of those that are dependent on the tavern sector have had to endure 4 weeks without knowing how to support their families. Poverty has become a real pandemic for liquor traders.” 

Ntimane mentioned that because the bans on alcohol had commenced, taverns had not obtained any monetary assist or reduction in any kind from the federal government.

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