- Liquor associations have called for the sale of alcohol under lockdown level 3
- They say that illegal sales have increased exponentially under the ban
- Job losses and damage to the economy is another point the associations used in their argument
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Liquor associations have approached the government and urgently request that alcohol sales be allowed under lockdown level 3.
They say that the illegal sale of alcohol has grown out of control. They want the government to reopen the manufacturing, distribution, and trade of alcohol from 1 June.
Briefly.co.za learned that South African Liquor Brand Owners Association (SALBA), Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) and VinPro have approached the Department of Trade and Industry and Competition with various scenarios that would make the sale of alcohol possible under level 3.
Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has told the National Coronavirus Command Council that the sale of tobacco and alcohol products should be banned until Level 1 lockdown.
The alcohol industry makes a significant contribution to the economy and SALBA, BASA and VinPro have warned that the continued ban on alcohol sales would result in more job losses. They released a statement to that effect according to the Citizen.
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“As an industry, we create employment for over one million people across the value chain, contribute 3% to the GDP of South Africa’s economy, and make an indirect tax contribution — Vat, customs and excise revenue — of R51 billion,” the statement reads.
“The eight-week domestic lockdown, as well as the five weeks without exports, has already resulted in the loss of 117 600 jobs. In the craft beer industry alone, there is a further 64% that will not meet their payments by the end of June and 13% have given notice on their premises and announced their decision to staff of their shut down. The 540 wineries have indicated that they will be unable to meet 70% of their payroll obligations at the end of June.”
They have floated the idea of click and collect methods of distributing alcohol safely.
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