Alcohol Industry wants ban on wine exports lifted

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The Alcohol Industry in South Africa wants to export wine internationally during the lockdown. South Africa is one of the major exporters of wine globally but since the lockdown business has stopped completely.

The industry says it has made submissions to the Coronavirus National Command Council calling for exports of wine to be allowed even during Level -four of the lockdown starting next month. The industry has also motivated for off-trade of alcohol or takeaways.

Spokesperson for the Alcohol Industry in South Africa, Sibani Mngadi says, “South Africa is exporting a lot of wine, in fact, South Africa is one of the top 10 countries that produces wine globally but in that top 10 it is the only country that has banned export and I hope that can be considered because it’s intended for use in other countries that have their own rules and it has no effect whatsoever in terms of the local response to the coronavirus outbreak.”

Below is a video of SA wine industry considering legal action against government

Easing of lockdown in stages

Speaking at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, on Thursday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa said there would be five coronavirus risk levels. President Ramaphosa said the ease on the COVID-19 lockdown regulations will see gradual and phased recovery of economic activity starting from next Thursday.

While he lifted the ban on the sale of cigarettes, the sale of liquor remains prohibited.

Below is the President’s full speech:

Below are the five stages of easing lockdown regulations: