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Since December 26, South Africa has again had an alcohol sales ban, the third since the start of the Corona pandemic. In the last twelve months, South Africa's producers have thus had to cope with an 18-week sales stop on the domestic market, where half of South Africa's wine volume is usually sold.


It seems non-sensical, to repeatedly ban the sale of alcohol country-wide and tie it, at least rhetorically, to concerns around COVID without consideration for the far-reaching financial impact that reverberates throughout the entire beverage alcohol industry.


Distell's investment gives it access to RETHINK's brand and product range, which includes oils, capsules and teas made from cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant that is gaining popularity for uses ranging from relaxation to skin care.


"We estimated 21 000 job losses with the first alcohol ban; this ban could be worse: Maryna Calow - Communications manager, Wines of SA."


Alert Level 3 in South Africa has been indefinitely extended and continues to prohibit the sale of any alcoholic drink for on- and off-consumption. This means our wine region is effectively shuttered.


Standard Bank has positioned itself as a provider of trade solutions between Africa and China through its partnership with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)


This is a deeply personal and harrowing account of what it has been like as a South African winemaker, producer and employer of hundreds of desperate employees in a country that continues to ban the sale of any alcohol to devastating effect.



The current engineered industry situation has caused an outrageous dichotomy of significantly increased demand for high-quality wines, within an environment of perfectly restricted supply.


In a statement, the company said it shares the South African government's concerns over the surge in Covid cases and welcomes all lawful measures in order to control the spread of the virus.


Lady May - the flagship wine of Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch - is only in its eighth vintage, but a recent vertical shows the huge potential of this Bordeaux blend, named after its owner: the grande dame of Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande.


Zurenah Smit, the wife of murdered Stellenbosch wine farm owner Stefan Smit, has been charged with murder, robbery and assault, according to News24.


The impact of South Africa's fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, including the imposition of prohibition, have left up to 300 million litres of wine unsold as the next harvest approaches.


Ken Forrester's done right, and done good. During his tenure as chairman of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes he used his broad connections in business, tourism and hospitality to put Stellenbosch on the top of the heap.


The South African alcohol industry welcomed the message of President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address to the nation regarding the resurgence of COVID-19 infections.


A South African winemaker working in the U.S. once explained the term 'cellar palate.' ...


As of 12 November, liquor sales are permitted once again over weekends. The ease of the restrictions of alcohol sales will have a positive effect on wine sales in tasting rooms who have been unable to sell wines to visitors over weekends. Many tasting rooms offered visitors the chance to order the wines they would like to purchase, with delivery taking place weekdays between 9am and 5pm, but many sales definitely lost due to these restrictions.


Apart from the financial effect of varying restrictions on South African liquor sales locally and overseas since March, it coincided with a decrease in sales towards the end of 2019, which led to a surplus of about 290 million litres of uncontracted wine, according to South African Wine Industry Information and Systems (SAWIS).


The Care for Wild wine collection was launched at the end of September to raise for the South African wildlife charity of the same name.


How Tinashe Nyamudoka is creating a new model for a Black-owned wine brand in a country fraught with inequality

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