Groups representing players in SA R140bn liquor industry are pleading with President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift the ban on alcohol sales arguing that its contribution to the economy far outweighs the harm it causes due to the irresponsible drinking.

The liquor industry, which contributes 3% to SA’s GDP and is responsible for more than 1-million jobs, was dealt a heavy blow earlier in July when the government again banned alcohol sales, arguing that the move would reduce the alcohol-related trauma load on hospitals and free up desperately needed resources for Covid-19 patients.

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