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Waitrose UK supports South African wine industry – and other prohibition news

To help support the struggling South African wine industry, Waitrose has launched a curated case of wines with a 25% discount for its customers for a limited time.

Launched on Waitrose Cellar on 29 July the limited edition South African case has been put together by Waitrose to help boost sales following a ban on domestic wine sales in the country.

Priced at £62 for six bottles and £125 for 12, the case features a variety of wine styles from regions across the country.

Inside the case you’ll find Springfield Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2019; Reyneke Organic Chenin Blanc 2019; Rustenberg Chardonnay 2019; Ghost Corner Pinot Noir 2017; Journey’s End Sir Lowry Cab Sauvingon 2017 and Waitrose No.1 Cederberg Syrah 2018.

“It’s been really hard to see our fantastic winemakers in South Africa struggle with the domestic sales ban, some of whom we have worked with for over 20 years,” said Waitrose’s South African wine buyer, Victoria Mason.

“We have such a brilliant range of South African wines and we wanted to help  in whatever way we could. By putting these wines together in a special case at a great price, we hope our customers will order one and help support the industry,” Mason added.


Why South Africa’s alcohol ban gets it wrong: experts

While South Africa saw a massive decline in trauma cases in hospitals during level 4 and level 5 lockdown, medical experts from the Universities of the Witwatersrand and KwaZulu-Natal are hesitant to give all the credit to the alcohol sales ban.

Instead, it’s more likely that the reduction of trauma cases was as a result of restricted movement under the ‘hard’ lockdowns, which prevented people from interacting and getting into trouble and kept more people off the roads….. READ MORE

The knock-on impact of South Africa’s alcohol ban 

On 12 July President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the reinstatement of the ban on the sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor with immediate effect.

This was further codified by Regulation 44(1) of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 which provides that the sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor is prohibited.

In addition to catching many South Africans by surprise, the announcement has had a major effect on retailers as liquor contributes a significant amount to sales, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

In an analysis of the announcement and the accompanying regulation, the firm noted that there are possible routes for this ban on the sale of alcohol to be challenged in court….. READ MORE

Alcohol distributors want review of medical report that advised booze ban

Alcohol distributors, together with other businesses affected by SA’s booze ban, want the Medical Research Council (SAMRC) report which supported the ban reviewed.

The distributors, under the banner of the Alcohol Coalition, have started the #SaveMyLivelihood campaign, which was launched on Tuesday…. READ MORE