According to a report by The Sunday Times, the National Command Council which is chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa has given the green light to discussing some industry proposals during the lockdown. One of them includes the sale of alcohol.
The consideration of these proposals is as a result of steps that have been taken by the Liquor Industry sectors, Tobacco and the Fast Food industry for them to be allowed to resume business under certain measures.
The Sunday Times has reported that the government’s focus is mainly on the production of essential items and products and services that have a very high demand – which includes protective gear and pharmaceutical products.
It is also reported that the South African government is working on an emergency post lockdown recovery plan in order to counter the unemployment that would have been created by the lockdown.
Economists fear that the unemployment rate could hit above 50%
A few days ago, The Minister of Police Bheki Cele reiterated the need for South Africans to comply and stop the illegal selling of alcohol and looting of liquor stores.
The Minister also said that the Police will arrest anyone who illegally sells alcohol, destroy the confiscated alcohol.
Another industry that is Lobbying for ease of Lockdown measures is the Online Shopping industry which has requested the government to allow the transportation and delivery of good with no human contact.
President Ramaphosa extended the Lockdown by 2 more weeks on top of the existing 21 days that were initially set.