Tebogo Msimanga |
The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA)says it fully supports South African Breweries’ (SAB) court application to overturn the current 14-day alcohol ban which is in effect until the 11th of July 2021. On Sunday evening, 27th June 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the fourth alcohol ban.
BASA reiterated that the beer industry is committed to working with the government to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 third wave, “this cannot be at the expense of businesses and critical jobs within the sector.”
BASA further said despite several engagements, the national government has failed to make available the scientific data on which it has based its decision to shut down the beer industry for the fourth time over the past 15 months.
“This includes any data that proves there is a causal link between beer sales and the spread of Covid-19. In the absence of this evidence, a blanket ban on the alcohol industry is irrational.”
BASA added that it is currently considering other possible action steps against the current ban and will communicate on these in due course.