- The Western Cape government wants the alcohol ban lifted to save 200 000 jobs in the wine and hospitality industry
- The DA believes that the peak has passed in the province and that alcohol sales can resume if the correct precautions are followed
- The number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths have dropped significantly with the number of recoveries increasing
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The Western Cape government demands that the alcohol ban must be urgently lifted to prevent the loss of almost 200 000 jobs associated with the win and hospitality industries.
Briefly.co.za learned that the DA believes that the peak has passed in the Western Cape and if the correct precautions are followed alcohol sales could resume.
Premier Alan Winde reported that on August 7, the Western Cape had 8 631 cases of Covid-19 and 97 506 confirmed cases and 85 528 patients have recovered according to News24.
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"We fully agree that alcohol-related harms are a major problem in our province and country," a statement said on Friday at the conclusion of a meeting of top officials in the provincial government.
"Our provincial data points to this. When the domestic sale of alcohol was suspended during the lockdown, and then again recently, the number of trauma cases dropped immediately.
"But we cannot view this in isolation of the other consequences of a continued 'ban' on the sale of alcohol is causing."
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the government might be sticking to its story that both the alcohol and tobacco bans were implemented to save lives during the Covid-19 pandemic, but citizens aren't amused.
South Africans have united and are calling for the nation to #BanTheBan in protest of the immense economic and social cost of the restrictions.
Some have voiced a sense of abandonment with the government implementing measures that have cost many their jobs without giving any indication as to what will be done to secure the nation's future.
In other news Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize insists that South Africa is not ready to lift the restrictions banning the sale of alcohol and tobacco products.
Speaking during his tour of KwaZulu-Natal health facilities ahead of the expected spike in Covid-19 infections the minister insists is on its way, Mkhize voiced his disapproval.
The minister says that, despite reduced pressure on hospitals and a high recovery rate, there is still a long journey to the point where the government can consider relaxing the ban:
"Our position is very simple. When we see that the numbers are improving and the need and pressure for beds is not so threatening to the lives of our people, we'll reconsider this. We haven't come to that point yet."
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