SALBA: Govt's rules should only target hotspot areas

SALBA: Govt's rules should only target hotspot areas

Businesses in the alcohol industry have acknowledged that stronger action is needed to stop the spread of Covid-19 but feels government should consider introducing specific interventions in certain areas. 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is going to address the country this evening, following meetings by the National Coronavirus Command Council on South Africa's second coronavirus wave. 

The SA Liquor Brand owners Association (SALBA) says the crisis has already had a devastating impact on many businesses this year, and the damage would be enormous if there's another complete ban on sales. 

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Chairperson, Sibani Mngadi says they welcome government's handling of the situation in the Eastern Cape, where stricter rules were introduced for a hotspot there. 

"What we do not agree with is, one blanket intervention which doesn't consider the specific situations in each of the hotspot areas and that is implemented across the country. 

"There are provinces that are irrelatively quite low in terms of the number of infections, so we do not feel that if there is a problem in one district, that should also determine that fate of another province or district." 

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