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South African wineries struggle following alcohol bans
with AFPLast updated: 09/02/2021
Drinkers in South Africa may cheer the government’s decision to lift the latest bar on alcohol sales, but the wine sector fears the move has come too late to save thousands of jobs.https://64be3dfe3defb25bc68f40f4737c71e3.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0
The key industry has been badly hit by a string of booze bans, imposed to ease the number of trauma cases in hospitals burdened by coronavirus patients.
The third such restriction, imposed on December 28 as South Africa struggled with a second Covid wave, was lifted on Monday.
But the announcement will do little to raise morale.
” Wine businesses have not been able to earn any income from local wine sales for a total of 20 weeks since March 2020 ,” said Rico Basson, head of Vin Pro, representing 2,500 producers and other stakeholders in the wine industry.
The sector has now lost more than eight billion rand ($530 million / 440 million euros) in direct sales, threatening the livelihoods of 27,000 people, he said in a statement.
” While we are glad that businesses can once again earn much-needed revenue, a long and difficult road to recovery lies ahead for wine-related businesses ,” he said.
” It is even too late for some businesses .”
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