The South African Breweries (SAB) is “optimistic” about the announcement of Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa Sunday night that liquor sales could resume on June 1.
Ramaphosa then said liquor stores would be allowed to sell alcohol under Level 3 of the restriction under strict conditions.
When asked by SAB whether he was concerned this decision would be reversed by the National Board of Governors, as was the case with Level 4 cigarette sales, he replied he was optimistic because he believed it was possible to allow restricted trade that was safe. The beer giant says it is awaiting regulations on the Level 3 restriction for further details.
SAB and the industry have proposed different scenarios and solutions to ensure responsible trading in and consumption of alcohol.
“SAB and the industry welcome the opportunity to trade and understand the government’s preference to only allow sales on four days of the week, but we are concerned about security and that incidents similar to what happened in countries like India ( where people were trampled in storms when liquor stores reopened) will occur. “
The industry suggested that sales be allowed on more days and for longer hours per day.
SAB says its submissions have been submitted, but it remains available for further liaison on drafting the Level 3 regulations.