South African Breweries (SAB) maybe be forced to dump more than 130 million litres of beer if it is not allowed to transport the brew to its depots.
The transportation and sale of alcohol in the country is currently prohibited under the lockdown.
Refilwe Masemola head of communications at SAB, said that due to a production process that lasts several weeks, local storage at production facilities are close to capacity with bottled and packaged product.
If they are not allowed to transport this beer to storage depots to clear space, the rest of the alcohol that is nearing the end of the fermentation process will have to be dumped.
Masemola also clarified that it is not a matter of selling alcohol. The company just needs to be able to move finished product between their own facilities for effective storage.
Netwerk24 reports that SAB sent a proposal to the department of trade and industry on Tuesday, asking that it be allowed to transport packaged beer from its breweries to its storage depots.
“Urgent action is needed to avoid material financial losses to both the government and SAB, as well as significant job losses,” the company said in the document.
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