Most South Africans adhering to booze ban, says Salba

Under the current level 3 lockdown restrictions, the sale of liquor is banned until 15 January.

FILE: Closed Spar tops Spruitview Shopping Centre on the eve of the alcohol ban lifting on 17 August 2020, Vosloorus, Ekuerhuleni. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - With the country having ushered in the new year under a strict booze ban, the South African Liquor Brandowners Association said home consumption of alcohol remains the safest option for now.

Under the current level 3 lockdown restrictions, the sale of alcohol is completely banned, a decision which liquor traders have particularly taken issue with.

The association said it has observed that many South Africans have been adhering to the regulations, leading to reduced trauma cases in hospitals.

Salba Chairperson Sibani Mngadi said while consumers would have stocked up on alcohol ahead of the new year, there have been no concerns over compliance with the ban.

“As Salba we welcome the general positive behaviour among South Africans during this festive season,” said association Chairperson Sibani Mngadi.

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