SA’s independently owned liquor stores have lost more than 20% of their workforce as a result of restrictions on the sale of alcohol as they scrambled to make up for nearly R9bn in lost sales since early 2020. 

Labelling the restrictions discriminatory, uncompetitive and unsustainable, the Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA) on Thursday released findings of a research report it had commissioned on the effect of the Covid-19 regulations on the liquor industry, particularly as it relates to off-site consumption sales...

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