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18 Aug 2020
12:18 pm

IN PICS: As smokers, boozers flood outlets, Fita notes possible price hike

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Fita says prices remain normal but it has received feedback of inflated prices.

Shoppers purchase alcohol at Makro in Crown Mines, Johannesburg, 18 August 2020.  The ban on alcohol sales was lifted today as South Africa entered level 2 of lockdown which allows for the sale and distribution of alcohol.  PIcture: Tracy Lee Stark

Both tobacco and alcohol sales were prohibited since the country went into lockdown in March. Although alcohol made a brief return, government reintroduced the ban after numbers of patients in hospitals surged, impacting the health sector’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under Level 2 of the lockdown restrictions, the sale of alcohol by licenced outlets is permitted from 9am to 5pm, from Mondays to Thursdays.

Although Tuesday kicked off to a bustling start with shoppers flocking to outlets to restock their bars with alcohol, reports of some outlets selling cigarette packets at inflated prices have caught the eye of the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) with its chairperson, Sinenhlahla Mnguni, confirming they were looking into it.

 

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