The monster of Cooperative Governance and Traditional affairs Dr Dlamini Zuma has not been a crowd favourite in South Africa ever since the pandemic of the coronavirus started. Although there are many reasons that have caused her to be so infamous in the country the main one has to be her relentless scrutiny when it comes to South Africans and alcohol. Since day one of South Africa's national lockdown she has tried to cut it's looking of alcohol out of the picture for everyone.
It has now been almost a year since the lockdown started and the pandemic reached the shores of South Africa. After so much time the minister now wants to make one of the biggest changes in South African history when it comes to alcohol consumption. This comes after she claims that she has done her research in the field of alcohol consumption in the country since the lockdown has started, and now she is sure of the decision she has to make.
According to reasons stated by timeslive news broadcaster's article, the minister proposed that the drinking age be increased from the age of 18 21 years. The following is what she decided on:
"The legal drinking age could be changed from 18 to 21.
This comes after the Liquor Amendment Bill, first made public in 2016, is reportedly being reconsidered by cabinet as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Extending the drinking age in SA is one of the measures being considered to curb alcohol abuse in the country.
According to Business Insider, cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is in favour of the proposals.
“All of these I consider to be useful medium- to long-term tools to reduce SA’s high rate of alcohol consumption to be considered by the legislature in due course,” she said."
As one can see from the peace of the article above the negotiations are still under way to have the legal age change in the country. This is not the first time that the minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs has tried to have a strong change in the way that South Africa consumes its alcohol. If this decision succeeds the whole history of South Africa's alcohol industry will change indefinitely.
What will make matters worse is the fact that South Africans between the age of 18 and 21 are don't want that consume a lot of alcohol in the country and support the growth of the economy. The question now stands on the fact that if alcohol will only be open to people over the age of 21 will it not drop the amount of money the government makes each year from alcohol sales and alcohol-related businesses.
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