The government is looking at a new proposal to lift the alcohol ban in South Africa, following protests and job losses.
Whilst the ban on the sale of alcohol has been shown to reduce trauma cases at hospitals, there is still some degree of mystery around how these decisions are reached.
I hope your liquor cabinet, or wine rack, is fairly well stocked, because there are suggestions that the current ban on the sale of alcohol could last for a while.
The latest Stats SA release, focused on non-retail food and beverages data for April and May 2020, is perhaps best described as a bloodbath.
One of the more infuriating aspects of South Africa’s national lockdown, as we near the completion of 110 full days, is the seemingly arbitrary nature of many of the regulations.
South Africans were left shocked, and having to once again crunch those rationing numbers (welcome, smokers will say), but not quite as shocked as the alcohol industry itself.
South Africa was very, very thirsty following what was a lengthy ban on the sale of alcohol, with some familiar favourites snapped up in bulk.
All it takes is one voicenote and the panic begins, so here’s the latest from Minister in the presidency, Jackson Mthembu, on the government’s position.
Yesterday, WhatsApp messages started doing the rounds, and South Africans rushed to stock up their liquor supplies. That panic was unfounded, but some of the reasoning isn’t.