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Hospital bed savings under Covid-19 booze ban ‘neglibile’, says SAB

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In court papers challenging the current ban on liquor sales, SAB argues that while the ban may notionally save a few hospital beds, it costs the state billions in excise duty, VAT and income tax.


07 Jan 2021
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Hospital bed savings under Covid-19 booze ban ‘neglibile’, says SAB

Picture: Michel Bega

While scientists and health professionals have hailed the most recent ban on liquor sales as a shot in the arm for overwhelmed hospitals, South African Breweries (SAB) says the number of beds being freed up is “negligible”. The brewing giant – along with a tavern owner, an SAB truck owner-driver and an attorney – this week turned to the Western Cape High Court in a desperate bid to have the ban lifted. They want the regulations under which the ban was effected late last month, declared unlawful and of no force and effect. In the papers – which list President...

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