Reno Surya (The Jakarta Post)


Surabaya   ●  
Sat, May 22 2021

The sound of the takbiran (eve of Idul Fitri celebrations) reverberated as the sun slowly leaned toward the west. Minutes before dusk, the usually-bustling Bungurasih terminal right outside Surabaya was still quiet. Occasionally, ticket brokers could be seen moving from one area to another, but almost all returned empty-handed. Bus drivers were just sitting around, some chatting and some in silence, while others had fallen asleep in the open luggage compartments of their vehicles.

It was one day before Idul Fitri, usually the peak of people traveling to the places they hail from for family reunions, but the government’s decree prohibiting the mudik (exodus) this year means most transportation providers are sitting on their hands. Drivers, brokers and travel agents are left with far less income while also not b…

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South Africa has had three bans on alcohol sales over the past year.

South Africa’s liquor industry has raised concerns about the government’s rationale for the contentious third ban on the sale of alcohol.

South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) chairperson Sibani Mngadi said the government’s move to ban alcohol sales at the time, going outside of the health experts’ recommendations, was “disturbing”. He explained that the Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) had recommended restrictions on the sale of liquor for off-site consumption but not an outright ban.

“Despite the endorsement of this by the Department of Health, the government imposed a complete ban on all alcohol sales. This had a hugely detrimental impact on the industry,” Mngadi said in a statement on Wednesday.

Salba’s statement follows the government’s publication of the MAC notes that informed some of the National Coronavirous Commmand Council’s decisions, ahead of its third ban on

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  • The alcohol industry has welcomed the implementation of a partial ban on alcohol sales over the Easter weekend.
  • The industry has lost around R36 billion in sales revenue over the last year.
  • Keeping onsite consumption open over the long weekend will help boost revenue in the hospitality and tourism sector, the industry says.

The alcohol industry has applauded the government’s decision to implement a partial ban against alcohol sales over the Easter weekend, instead of a complete ban.

It says R36 billion in sales revenue has already been lost over the last year.

During an address on Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would stay on a Level 1 lockdown over Easter but that alcohol sales would be restricted to onsite venues for the long weekend.

The South African Liquor Brand owners Association (Salba) welcomed the move to avoid a total ban, which was put into place

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  • Speculation has been rife that the Easter weekend could see a crackdown on alcohol sales.
  • No formal announcement has yet been made regarding updated lockdown restrictions. 
  • The liquor industry, however, has launched a preemptive strike, warning that a fresh ban on alcohol sales could be devastating.

South African alcohol industry lobby group the SA Liquor Brandowners
Association (SALBA) has launched a preemptive strike amid fears that liquor
sales could be restricted during upcoming public holidays, saying it would
“formally seek reasons” for such a decision.

It urged the Ministerial Advisory Council to distance itself from any
further restrictions to liquor sales, saying such a move would be a
“clearly unscientific decision”.

No formal announcement has been made regarding updated lockdown
restrictions, but speculation has been rife that the Easter weekend could see a
crackdown on alcohol sales. Sunday Times reported that government is
considering restricting or entirely barring the sale

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When the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google testify later this week at a House hearing, a number of familiar policy reforms will be on the table. Antitrust. Section 230. Privacy legislation.

A new campaign wants to add another bold idea into the mix: “Ban Surveillance Advertising.” In an open letter posted today, the coalition defines surveillance advertising as “the practice of extensively tracking and profiling individuals and groups, and then microtargeting ads at them based on their behavioral history, relationships, and identity.” That business model is at the heart of how Facebook and Google make money. And, the letter argues, it’s harming society. It spurs an arms race for user attention, which in turn incentivizes algorithms that favor polarizing and extreme content and groups. It helps Google and Facebook dominate the market for digital advertising at the expense of the news media. In short, the letter concludes, the surveillance

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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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Drinking spots are still shut

South Africa’s tavern and shebeen owners have called for the government to lift the ban on the sale of alcohol in seven days or risk collapsing the sector.

The alcohol industry has been pleading for the government to allow producers and traders to sell alcohol, following the latest trade restriction the government imposed last month. The ban, which followed two other restrictions last year, came after South Africa was hit by a second wave of Covid-19 infections. The government said it had put the ban in place to keep hospital beds ready for pandemic cases and free of alcohol related trauma cases. 

But the industry has been critical of the government’s decision, saying that it was putting jobs and livelihoods at risk and there are better solutions to deal with the infections, such as a stricter curfew and allowing off-site sales to take

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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 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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