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A sobering thought on government’s booze ban

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The biggest player in the booze sector – and one of this country’s most successful multinational business groups – is SAB … and it is being hit hard.


09 May 2020
PREMIUM!
A sobering thought on government’s booze ban

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The new puritans in the ANC – those who abhor smoking and drinking with a religious fervour – are relishing the success of their clampdown on cigarettes and booze under the aegis of the disaster act regulations. While the intention may have been logical – to help cut down on the socialising which smoking and drinking often cause and which increases the potential spread of the coronavirus – there will be unintended consequences. Firstly, the illegal cigarette market is, by all accounts, booming. And because of that – because legal brands may not be sold – government has already lost...

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