- The alcohol industry is gearing up to start operating again on Tuesday after the ban is expected to be lifted
- According to sources, President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to lift the alcohol ban when he addresses the nation again
- The industry is complaining about the president not attending to their concerns, leaving them as spectators in the economy
The liquor industry is getting ready to start selling alcohol again. The lockdown alcohol ban is expected to be lifted this week after President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation.
The cabinet is expected to take the country into Level 2 of lockdown and liquor traders are expected to continue operating on Tuesday.
According to a report by TimesLive, sources are expecting that the sale of alcohol will be allowed again because of the decreasing daily infections in Covid-19 numbers. 4 525 cases were reported by Dr Zweli Mkhize on Sunday.
The alcohol industry has been calling for the ban to be lifted as they have been struggling to make money. Restaurants have also been on the frontline and have protested at the Union Buildings to have the ban lifted.
“The decision by the president and his cabinet to institute a third ban on alcohol sales on the 28 December 2020, has reduced liquor traders to being mere spectators in the economy,” said the industry hoping to meet with Ramaphosa.
According to The Citizen, Liquor Traders Association convenor Lucky Ntimane said the industry will reopen on Tuesday. Ntimane also complained that Ramaphosa is too "busy" to listen to their complaints.
Not only is the sale of alcohol expected to open again, but the curfew could be eased to 11pm.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to receive the first consignment of the Covid-19 vaccine. President Cyril Ramaphosa will receive the first consignment of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday.
"Covishield" is being produced under licence by AstraZeneca through the Serum Institute of India. President Ramaphosa will be joined by Deputy President David Mabuza and Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize at the OR Tambo International Airport later today.
One million doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive at around 3pm this afternoon.
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