The South African Liquor Brandowners’ Association (Salba) has welcomed the government’s partial relaxation of the alcohol ban.
Sibani Mngadi, chairperson of Salba, said, “The partial opening of sales as well as three months’ postponement in excise tax payments due on alcoholic beverages is a huge relief, but we are nowhere near being out of the woods, especially for the off-site consumption outlets that continue to be restricted to trading Monday to Thursday with no rationale or evidence provided for this decision, in spite of our many requests to secure this from government.”
According to the alcohol industry, it is now time for the government to sit down and work alongside businesses to define a clear and detailed path to economic recovery. “The government should implement practical steps to get the economy into recovery mode and work with the alcohol industry and help South Africa get back to business.”
Compiled by Justine Fortuin