The alcohol industry in South Africa, says it is worried after President Cyril Ramaphosa reinstated the ban on the sale of alcohol. It says it understands the need to save lives, but the ban should be reviewed regularly. Ramaphosa says reckless behaviour by drunk people increases the spread of COVID-19 and that accidents and violence related to alcohol use makes use of valuable hospital resources. The sale of alcohol from retail outlets and the on-site consumption of alcohol will not be permitted, while distribution and transportation will be prohibited with exceptions. Self-Regulating Alcohol Industry Forum’s coordinator, Horst Heimstädt says Namibia has not yet been affected by the ban.
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