Small businesses suffer under suspension of alcohol sales

JOHANNESBURG – The suspension of alcohol sale and distribution is having a devastating impact on small and medium businesses.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the suspension of alcohol sales with immediate effect.

Many black families in South Africa own taverns, but now many will not survive.

READ: Ramaphosa defends alcohol sales suspension

For many it’s not about the consumption of alcohol, but their livelihoods.

Silas Place in Tembisa on the East Rand is a family business that’s been in operation for more than 20 years.

Then everything changed when COVID-19 hit and country went into lockdown.

READ: Liquor Trader Association says taverns can sell alcohol safely​​​​​​​

Owner Lucky Mabuza says their income has now been taken away.

“The first ban of the sale of alcohol affected us because we are depending on this income,” he said.

Without a clear indication of how long the suspension will remain, Mabuza says, for the time being, they’ll have to find another means of making a living. 

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