The Southern African Agri Initiative (SAAI) will approach the Northern Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 18 August 2020 in a bid to have the sale and consumption of wine in restaurants set aside.
The ban on alcohol sales was reintroduced on 12 July 2020, after hospitals recorded a huge number of trauma cases, which were taking up space for Covid-19 patients.
SAAI wants the court to repeal a section 44(1) and (2) of the new regulations to allow wine to be served on wine farms and in restaurants.
The organization’s application is supported by 13 other applicants from the wine industry.
SAAI said the stringent government regulations on the industry pose a threat to the survival of some of South Africa’s oldest wine farms.
Agri Western Cape reported that the initial ban on sales resulted in losses of more than R3 billion in the wine industry alone.