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  • The easing of restrictions on the sale of alcohol has been welcomed by the liquor industry. 
  • The announcement was made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday. 
  • Ramaphosa said the country’s infection rate and hospital admissions had dropped enough for the ban to be eased.

While it is a relief that the liquor sales ban has been lifted, there should be “more structured engagement” from government with the sector so that they are not surprised with sudden restrictions, an industry representative has said. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announced on Monday night that the contentious ban on the sale of alcohol would be partly lifted.

Addressing South Africans, Ramaphosa said the country’s infection rate and hospital admissions had dropped enough for the ban to be eased.

“The sale of alcohol by licensed premises for off-site consumption will be permitted from Mondays to Thursdays, from

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