“The government has condemned my livelihood, and those of my employees, whose jobs meant a great deal to them – they also have families and children to feed.”
Another hard-hit business owner, Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela, SA's first black female brewery owner, of Brewsters Craft, said she had no idea how they will make it through this third ban.
“I am hoping we can re-open to make a few sales so that we can at least pay our employees something. But I have had to make them aware to not expect much at month-end - that is our reality.”
The situation faced by small business owners and craft brewers is dire. The last two alcohol bans had a devastating impact on the beer industry, with an estimated 7,400 jobs lost, R14.2bn in lost sales revenue and more than a R7.4bn loss in taxes and excise duties, according to Pienaar.
CBASA said it was appealing to Ramaphosa to consider the plight of craft brewers by not extending the blanket ban on alcohol beyond January 15.
The association has proposed that alcohol be sold through safe alternatives, such as the use of click-and-collect platforms to assist in ensuring the safety of consumers.
CBASA said the current curfew (9pm to 6am) should remain in effect, along with the 8pm closing time for businesses.
“This, together with a ban on gatherings, increased policing and enforcement, will ensure that we protect lives and livelihoods while we fight the spread of the virus.”