SALBA wants alcohol ban lifted
The South African Liquor Brands Association (SALBA) said on Monday it wants the ban on alcohol sale to be lifted.
This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended the sale, dispensing and distribution of alcohol on Sunday night as he was addressing the country on Level 3 lockdown amended regulations. The President stared that suspending alcohol would assist in reducing pressure at trauma units in hospitals.
The liquor industry said there were other ways to achieve this. Sibane Mngadi of the South African Liquor Brands Association told EWN that the National Coronavirus Command Council should have considered an approach that would keep the liquor industry running while ensuring stricter enforcement of the law.
“The President in his statement, said that those trauma cases that land in hospitals are at night. If that is the case as a way to address it can we make the closing time earlier as one of the interventions that could be done,” Mngadi said.
Mngadi added that the industry had offered to contribute funds in the fight against drinking and driving, “we intended to put financial investments interventions, “Said Mngadi.
The liquor industry said that the reinstatement of the ban on sale of alcohol hit smaller players within the industry hard.
“Especially in the tavern community.We have seen how they have been struggling, they didn’t even receive any assistance from the government in terms of financial relief,” added Mngadi.