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The Alcohol industry speaking up

The fourth alcohol ban has led to an impairment of approximately 200,000 employees and a loss of revenues of R1,5 billion on the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa has been called on by the alcohol industry to enable retailers to resume full operations on Sunday evening.

The fourth ban on alcohol, the sector said, has affected approximately 200,000 jobs and the country's revenue loss of R1,5 billions.

The national council of liquor traders has stated that the recent extensive looting has added to the already significant losses.

Lucky Ntimane, its coach, said that traders should be permitted to pick up the pieces at their doors.

"The last four-week ban of alcohol, the most difficult yet, on taverns and the broader alcohol industry. More than 20 weeks of non-commerce we endured in combination with the previous three prohibitions. We still have to see evidence of the science or even common sense behind the decisions to ban alcohol.'

At the same time, the South African Tourism Business Council declared that limiting Gauteng access was devastating for the employment market.

Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, Chief Executive Officer, said the President should urgently revise the regulations.

"We must realize that Gauteng has 60% of domestic tourism activities, and is a hub where many people from many countries that come through Gauteng and are our source markets.

We believe that when the President announces the interprovincial travel ban he will lift – particularly in connection with Gauteng."

With 3,670 new infections collected in the last 24 hours, Gauteng recorded a slow decrease in the number of new infections.

Ramaphosa will deal with the latest lockdown decisions in the country on Sunday night, as the current limits expire at midnight.

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