Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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15 Aug 2020
5:00 am

Liquor traders anticipate relaxed lockdown restrictions

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Meanwhile, scientists from the University of Free State warned against ‘complacency’ ahead of anticipated downgrading of the lockdown level.

The sadness of a closed liquor store in Edenvale. Picture: Neil McCartney

Liquor traders wait with bated breath for the anticipated relaxing of lockdown restrictions ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s expected address tonight. With official data confirming South Africa’s infection rate for Covid-19 had slowed along with deaths, industries affected by lockdown restrictions were expecting good news for business, including liquor licence holders. CEO of the Restaurants Association of South Africa (RASA) said the the relaxing of some hard hitting retrictions on their members with liquor licences was long overdue with hundreds of businesses closed down and the rest hanging by a thread. Siegfried Kusel of franchiser Overland Liquors said the company’s...