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

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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.


03 Aug 2020
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Relaxing booze ban too little too late for SAB plant and workers

Workers at the Beerhouse, in Long Street join other people working in the restaurant, food and alcohol industry in a nationwide protest against provisions in South African government Lockdown legislation, which threatens the survival of the businesses and jobs, in Cape Town city centre, on July 22, 2020. The reintroduction on the ban on alcohol sales and a night curfew by the South African government will have a negative economic impact on the hospitality industry. (Photo by 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...

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