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.
Content created and supplied by: Giorgio_M (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More