An association representing the interests of taverns, estimated to contribute between R40bn and R60bn annually to SA’s economy, is calling on the government to grant players in the industry a one-off payment of R20,000 each to mitigate the effect of the ban on alcohol sales.

The National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC) said on Monday that the R20,000 should be granted to each of country’s 34,500 taverns. This will cost the state R690m at a time when government finances are strained due to the Covid-19 pandemic...

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