Nica Richards
Premium Journalist
6 minute read
3 Aug 2020
7:08 pm

Relaxing booze ban too little too late for SAB plant and workers

Nica Richards

SAB and the SA Medical Research Council both called for a balanced approach to the ban. But infrastructure upgrades and capital investment worth R2.5 billion have just been cancelled for the alcohol producers.

Picture: Rodger Bosch/AFP

The reinstated ban on alcohol has proved a difficult balancing act to prioritise both livelihoods and public health, with the South African Medical Research Council recently calling for relaxing the booze ban, but industry players saying the damage has been done. South African Breweries (SAB) corporate affairs vice president Zoleka Lisa told The Citizen last week that the latest abrupt ban on alcohol sales puts the lives of one million people and 117,000 jobs across the industry’s value chain at risk.  The Ab-InBev liquor giant called for a more balanced solution to the issue of reducing pressure on the ICUs...