The government of South Africa is currently looking at a proposal by the Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) to lift the country’s ban on the sale of alcohol and evening curfew.
RASA’s Wendy Alberts said the proposal is officially being considered by the government and that an official response is expected on Wednesday (29 July).
RASA is proposing the following:
- An introduction of ‘triage’ areas, where individual communities take responsibility for alcohol-related harms in a specific area.
- Under the ‘triage’ system individual consumers would have to apply for a permit to purchase alcohol – likely at the local police station.
- This would extend to bar and tavern owners refusing to serve a customer who could possibly drink and drive, as well as specific community-led interventions around hotspot areas that have a high number of crimes related to alcohol consumption.
- If problems arose in a certain area then alcohol sales will be banned
The association is also calling for a lifting of the evening curfew.
The Western Cape government recently announced interventions aimed at ensuring that the alcohol industry survives the Covid-19 pandemic.
The proposed interventions seek to address the issues of alcohol harms and at the time, saving jobs.
Premier AlanWinde, said a sustained, long-term alcohol ban does not address the root problems and will not solve the alcohol problem that South Africa faces.