Beer bottles filling on the conveyor belt in the brewery factory.

  • South Africa’s alcohol industry employs more than 415 000 people.
  • Distell said it had reduced the number of its contract workers to 326, from 536, in January last year.
  • The country’s biggest beer maker, SAB, announced that it had suspended 550 temporary contract workers.

Liquor producers and companies along the value chain are beginning to reel under the effects of the ongoing alcohol sale ban, with some forecasting further cuts to already reduced number of contract workers, and others factoring in the possibility of retrenchments or preparing to turn off their taps for good. 

The third government-imposed ban on the sale of alcohol in December was implemented to keep hospital beds free of liquor-related trauma cases, but the move has come at a hefty cost for an industry that employs more than 415 000 people.

On Monday, Savanna

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The alcohol industry has asked for its excise tax to be deferred

  • Alcohol producers and traders have called for Covid-19 restrictions to be eased and for liquor trading to be allowed for off-site consumption, but at present face a blanket ban.
  • The latest request is the second from the industry, which applied for a deferment during the country’s second alcohol sales ban last year.
  • Alcohol producers and traders pay SARS about R2.5 billion a month in excise tax for imported and local products but the ban means that companies will have to pay excise tax for products that are sitting in their warehouses and can’t be sold due to the ban.

South Africa’s alcohol industry has asked for another deferment of its excise tax payment until the latest sales alcohol ban is lifted.

The industry’s request comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Monday night announcement that the ban on the

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The Outsurance team, trained by Clinix Health group, disinfect taxis at the Esangweni taxi rank in Gauteng, to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

PHOTO: Chanté Schatz, News24

  • There are fears that taxi ranks in Limpopo may become Covid-19 super-spreaders following the death and infection of several taxi drivers and owners in the region.
  • Transport MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya is set to talk with stakeholders over the public’s concern and assist with the necessary resources to help curb the spread of the virus.
  • Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba indicated that in 2020, Limpopo recorded an average of 20 new cases a day – so far in 2021, the province had seen more than 1 500 new cases a day.

Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya will engage the taxi industry over concerns that ranks have become Covid-19 super-spreaders, as new infections in the province continue to rise with private

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Alcohol. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

  • The South African Breweries (SAB) has attacked the alcohol ban, saying that government has unfairly criminalised the industry, and were discriminating against its workers and their families
  • The SAB says it would ‘consider all options and pursue every possible alternative to protect the lives and livelihoods of those depending on it’
  • It says it supports over a million livelihoods throughout its value chain

The South African Breweries (SAB) launched a blistering attack on the alcohol ban, saying on Tuesday that the government has unfairly criminalised the industry, and that it would ‘consider all options’ to protects the livelihoods of those depending on it.

The company said in a statement that it had heeded President Cyril Ramaphosa’s initial call to form a social compact with industry players and social partners to reduce the harmful consumption of alcohol, especially amongst consumers who “unfortunately, have not behaved responsibly.”

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Crime scene following a cash-in-transit robbery in Krugersdorp.

PHOTO: Sharon Seretlo/Gallo Images

  • The Gauteng provincial police commissioner held an urgent engagement with CIT stakeholders on Wednesday.
  • Fidelity and G4S were identified as being hit the hardest.
  • Two CIT heists have been reported in the last two days.

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela says that there has been a worrying spike in cash-in-transit (CIT) heists over this festive season, compared to last year.

On Wednesday, Mawela – along with his deputy, Major General Tommy Mthombeni and provincial Hawks head Major General Ebrahim Kadwa – held an urgent meeting with stakeholders in the CIT industry following the recent spate of heists in the province.

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said:

Comparing the rate of occurrence of incidents this year to last year’s rate, Lieutenant General Mawela confirmed that there is a worrying spike in the rate and frequency

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Short answer? A lot of people. According to a report from Newzoo, a market analytics company, 380 million people worldwide will watch eSports this year, including 165 million eSports enthusiasts (a term that describes frequent viewers, as opposed to occasional viewers). The bulk of these enthusiasts watch from North America, China and South Korea.
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The third ban is devastating to craft brewers.

The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) has issued an urgent call to President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift the blanket ban on alcohol as from 16 January. 

BASA says this step is needed to ensure the survival of small business owners of craft breweries, who now find themselves on the brink of closure.

Ramaphosa announced the third alcohol ban on 28 December 2020.

The last two alcohol bans had a devastating impact on the beer industry, with an estimated 7 400 jobs lost, R14.2 billion in lost sales revenue and more than a R7.4 billion loss in taxes and excise duties. 

“BASA remains aware of the severity of the crisis we face as nation as we battle Covid-19, and understands the great difficulties faced by both government and citizens as the virus spreads. And while we support all efforts to curb

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Two workers in an underground mine.

  • Dr. Thuthula Balfour, head of health at Minerals Council South Africa said the cost of the vaccine programme to the mining industry could be around R300 million.
  • Mining is a key driver of the country’s economy, contributing 9% of GDP
  • SA has a labour-intensive mining industry with thousands of miners working in confined spaces deep underground, posing a higher risk of transmission

SA’s mining industry estimates it will cost around R300 million to help the government roll out Covid-19 vaccines to mineworkers and community members as the country battles a surge in infections, the industry body has told Reuters. 

The Minerals Council, which represents mining firms, offered its financial and logistical assistance after the government called on the private sector to help with the rollout of vaccines, the first of which are set to arrive on Monday.

Mining is a key driver

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