The National Liquor Traders Association has urged the South African government not to impose “top-down restrictions” on the sale of alcohol, as South Africa enters the third wave of Covid-19 infections, saying producers and retailers were taking financial strain, running into billions, while also questioning the efficacy of the bans. NLT convener Lucky Ntimane said government should work with business and civil society in ensuring Covid-19 compliance, rather than imposing restrictions on liquor trade. Communicating and empowering people to make the right decisions, is more effective than policing their behaviour, he said, while urging South Africans to comply with Covid-19 safety measures.