Alcohol ban: The battle goes to court as SA faces an extended lockdown level 4

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According to economists at the Bureau for Economic Research (BER), the upcoming week’s Covid-19 statistics (coupled with the severe impact it is having on the health sector) could influence whether the government decides to extend the current two-week adjusted level 4 regulations, including the alcohol ban.

According to a research note released yesterday on Monday (5 July), BER highlighted data from the previous week, which shows that the country reported record-high increases in daily new infections on Friday and Saturday. South Africa is also often in the global top-10 of highest daily new cases per country.

“Unfortunately, given the progression of the third wave since the measures were announced, we think it is likely that most, if not all, of the current restrictions will be extended,” the BER told BusinessTech. “This will then start to have a more meaningful adverse impact on the Q3 2021 GDP performance.”

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Alcohol Ban

This week Vinpro will challenge the government’s adjusted level 4 lockdown restrictions in court in a bid to have the alcohol ban relaxed.

The non-profit company (that represents 3,500 South African wine producers) will have its urgent interdict application heard in the Western Cape High Court tomorrow, on Wednesday (7 July), which specifically aims to lift the ban on the sale of wine in the Western Cape, seeking relief for wine farms.

South African Breweries (SAB) has also filed separate papers challenging the ban on administrative law grounds. According to SAB, the company has been left with no other choice but to defend its business and rights as the group said it has already imposed an investment freeze of around R5 billion following the impact of multiple alcohol bans.

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