Editorial staff
2 minute read
25 Jan 2021
4:58 am

Booze ban not a workable solution

Editorial staff

Yes, South Africa has a drinking problem. We need to put systems in place to deal with this. A booze ban will not solve it.

Picture: Rodger Bosch/AFP

While no one will dispute the effect the banning of booze has had on freeing up hospital beds in trauma units since late last year, we need to be brutally honest and accept it is also having an adverse effect on people’s livelihoods. The alcohol industry, restaurants, bars and local brewers have all felt the knock since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the prohibition on alcohol at the end of last year. Many businesses are on the verge of folding, or have already closed their doors as a direct result of the decision. Big corporates have taken tough decisions to counter...