- The alcohol industry is demanding compensation from President Cyril Ramaphosa after the banning of alcohol
- Tavern and shebeen owners in black townships said the second ban on booze is not only affecting their businesses but also their livelihoods
- The council that represents the industry has written two letters to Ramaphosa
Nearly 50 000 black-owned tavern and shebeen owners are asking for a once-off payment of R20 000 from the government to compensate for the loss of income due to the two separate bans on alcohol.
This request is similar that of taxi owners, which the government turned down. The tavern and shebeen owners are arguing that they contribute 6% to the country's gross domestic product (GDP).
This is contained in a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa following his decision to ban the sale and distribution of alcohol with immediate effect for a second time on Sunday.
In their bid to reverse the ban, the business owners and the South African Alcohol Industry have lodged separate bids to Ramaphosa and the Medical Research Council to reconsider their views on the ban on booze.
The National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC) which represents 35 000 tavern owners and 10 000 shebeen owners in black townships wrote a second strongly-worded letter (in less than five days) highlighting the dire consequences of Ramaphosa’s decision.
IOL reported that in the latest letter written yesterday, NLTC chairperson Lucky Ntimane said Ramaphosa’s decision had not only affected their businesses but also their families.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the restaurant industry has also deplored the alcohol ban and are planning a nationwide protest next week to bring to attention the impact national lockdown has had on the industry.
On Wednesday, 22 July, restaurant workers will be blocking the roads outside their premises by dragging all tables and chairs into the street. The protest is expected to last two hours, from 12pm to 2pm.
The sector has been one of the hardest-hit as they had to shut down completely when the national lockdown was announced in March.
As the lockdown regulations began to be eased little by little, the sector was allowed to open at a limited functionality, allowing only deliveries and take-aways.
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