Imposing further restrictions on the sale of alcohol will not deal with the problem we have even pre-COVID: Pillay
The South Africa’s liquor industry decided to extend a hand after President Cyril Ramaphosa banned the distribution and sale of liquor for the second time.
SA’s biggest liquor manufactures came forward saying they are willing to work with government in making sure people do not drink excessively. Government banned alcohol citing that it is pressurising the health system due to excessive irresponsible drinking.
The Department of Health said it was seeing a rise in alcohol related admissions in hospital.
Beer Association of South Africa’s CEO, Patricia Pillay said they are in this fight together with government. She said they need to deal with the root causes of the problem.
“Imposing further restrictions on the sale of alcohol will not deal with the problem we have pre-COVID,” Pillay said.
The liquor industry said the number of people who are continuing to lose their jobs is peaking fast. The manufactures spokesman Sibani Mngadi said “It lost almost 117 000 jobs during the first moratorium that began in March and ended June 1.”
Chief executive officer of Agri Western Cape, Jannie Strydom said they are extremely concerned about jobs that had already been lost in the wine value chain due to COVID-19 regulations. The industry said it has already loss more than 3 billion of revenue.
Strydom said they were not consulted as a sector and an estimation of 18 000 employees is at the risk of losing their jobs.