By Thys Khiba
Cape Town – The National Liquor Traders Council and the Liquor Traders Association of South Africa representing liquor traders have sent their letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa requesting a meeting to discuss the possible alcohol sales ban.
As coronavirus infections increasing yet again, the two organizations have acted proactively to request a meeting with Ramaphosa to engage him about the impact of alcohol sales ban.
“There is no doubt that as a country, one of the most important lessons that we have learnt from our past experiences of dealing with a pandemic is that we can still fight Covid-19 with a less negative impact on our economy,” said National Liquor Traders Council, Lucky Ntimane.
Ntimane says that liquor traders should be allowed to operate in strict standards and if restrictions were to be imposed, they should be balanced.
“Should there be any need for restrictions to economic activity, there should be clearly explained rather than having an open-ended disruption, which will lead to more business distress and job losses,” said Ntimane.
Meanwhile, Gauteng, Free State and North West provinces are already battling with the impact of a third wave. Health officials have warned residents, saying that they should gear up for more stringent restrictions, as Covid-19 cases continues to go up across the country.