The beer sector might not recover from the extended blanket ban on alcohol sales, the Beer Association of South Africa warned on Monday night.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday night that the adjusted Level 3 lockdown restrictions, announced two weeks ago, would remain in place. These restrictions include a ban on alcohol sales from retail outlets and the on-site consumption of alcohol.
"Health services in several parts of the country reported that the prohibition of alcohol sales had significantly reduced the number of trauma cases seen in our hospitals over the New Year period. It is vital that we continue to protect our health services at this crucial time," Ramaphosa said.