Last week the SA wine industry groaned over the potential loss of an estimated R1.5bn in stock in the next few weeks as it ran out of space to store excess wine. The new grape harvest is due to start and there is no word about when the ban on alcohol sales will be lifted. 

It is not the only industry preparing to tally up losses destroyed by the third alcohol prohibition as there are a host of other subsectors from farming to packaging to retail and transport that rely on the industry for survival. In fact, glass maker Consol, which canned a R1.5bn investment programme in 2020, warned of a long-term stagnation in the industry that will inevitably lead to job losses.  ..

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