SA Lockdown: Liquor traders feel the pinch

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DURBAN - Small liquor traders around Durban have taken a knock due to government's latest ban on booze sales.

Some say they had already stocked up and now worry their goods will expire.

Ten City Tavern in Newlands West, Durban, has been in business for over 20-years.

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Many fun-lovers like coming to the establishment but because of the ban on alcohol sales, it's facing a tough time.

Four of its eight staff members have already lost their jobs.

"I had bought a lot of stock and then government announced a 21-day lockdown," said Busisiwe Shange, Ten City Tavern Owner.

"We hoped that after 21 days our stock would still be fine, and then the lockdown was extended and our stock expired and I lost a lot of money because I couldn't sell. Even this time around I think I'm going to lose again because I had bought some more."

Zikhona Ngcobo has worked as a bar assistant for six years.

Following the ban, the 25-year-old has been sitting at home.

The mother of two now has to rely solely on her child support grant.

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While those in the industry support government's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to free up hospitals, they fear a prolonged ban on booze sales will sound the death knell for their businesses.

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