Western cape is ready for business
The Western Cape wants government to consider lifting the ban on alcohol sales.
Alcohol sales were banned for the second time on June 12, when President Cyril Ramaphosa was addressing the nation. He said the decision had been made in order to free-up hospital beds occupied by those suffering from alcohol-related traumas.
“This is a fight to save every life, and we need to save every bed. We have therefore decided that in order to conserve hospital capacity, the sale, dispensing and distribution of alcohol will be suspended with immediate effect.”
The Western Cape premier, Alan Winde says the ban has brought hunger and poverty to the rise.
“We have sufficient beds in our system to deal with COVID-19 and with that in mind, we also know then that our hospital system sitting at 69 percent capacity gives us the opportunity to now push for the opening of the economy,” he said.
He added that, as a province, their main priority is to save jobs.