Alcohol ban threatens the income of tavern owners
On the last nation address, President Cyril Ramaphosa banned the sale of alcohol again with immediate effect to help contain the spread of the corona virus.
For Tavern owners whose livelihood depends on selling alcohol this means no income for them until further notice.
“This is the only form of income I have to support my family since I didn’t get to finish my matric and pursue a higher education, the ban of alcohol has forced me to let go of my 2 employees that assist me and that creates chain of unemployment that we should eliminating in these tough economic times”, said Miya.
The ban was lifted in an effort to stop drunken fighting, cut domestic violence and eliminate weekend binge drinking widespread across South Africa.
According to the Department of Trade and Industry, the tavern industry is estimated to be worth between R40 billion and R60 billion as an industry
The future looks really bleak for us tavern owners as there is no set date at which alcohol sales may resume, added Miya.
The Medical Research Council predicts the current ban on alcohol sales could last at least eight weeks and says an indefinite booze ban is unsustainable.