SALBA, BASA, LTASA, National Liquor Traders Council, and the public were never warned of the immediate ban of the alcohol from the government as new regulations are amended.
South Africa as a country was never ready for the ‘immediate effect’ of banning alcohol. No one got a chance to stock up, and perhaps this was the government’s idea. SALBA (South African Liquor Brandowners Association), BASA (Beer Association of South Africa), LTASA (Liquor Traders Association of South Africa) and the non-profit company which represents 3 500 South African wine producers and cellars, Vinpro all said they were not given a warning by the government in a joint statement in a report.
The reinstatement of alcohol ban was announced by the President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday event, bluntly saying liquor sales are prohibited with immediate effect – the decision was made in an effort to prevent alcohol-related trauma incidents as South Africa and the world is faced with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vipro said in a statement “The decision to suspend local liquor sales, as announced last night during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s national speech, is a devastating setback for the South African wine industry. The wine industry is already suffering huge financial and job losses due to the previous ban under the national restriction.”
‘The industry has not received any warning about the current ban, and no opportunity has been given to consult with the National Coronavirus Command Center (NCCC) before a decision has been made.’
“It has already been estimated that the South African wine industry, which employs about 300,000 people, could lose almost 18,000 jobs and that about 80 wine businesses and 350 wine grape producers will close their businesses within the next year, due to the previous five-week ban. on exports, as well as the ban on domestic wine sales, which stretched over nine weeks. The wine industry also lost about R3 billion in direct revenue during this time.” Added Vinpro
As obsessed when alcohol was first suspended, illicit trading started to boom, this is a fact that’s acknowledged all over the world.
Vinpro in a statement added that ‘The wine industry has taken all necessary precautionary steps to ensure safe and responsible trade while encouraging responsible and moderate consumption of alcohol. However, the government must now also take up its task of policing the regulations, including law enforcement with regard to illegal trade.’