Alcohol sale to be allowed under level 3 lockdown, tobacco sales remain banned

24 May 2020, 10:21 PM
The sale of alcohol will be allowed when South Africa moves to level 3 lockdown in June.  Alcohol may be sold for home consumption only under strict conditions, on specified days and for limited hours. But the sale of tobacco products remains banned.
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DA calls for Eskom to provide daily updates on power grid 21 May 2020, 9:43 PM

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Ekurhuleni is Gauteng’s COVID-19 hotspot: Makhura 21 May 2020, 8:15 PM

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