Splash your cash with those who bring nuance to the nation
Your money is the lifeline artisanal producers need to survive. Support them, lest they disappear
So prohibition is over — at least for now. However, regarding buying your favourite tipple, be cautious about assuming that the national coronavirus command council (NCCC) has permanently abdicated its self-appointed role as the guardian of the nation’s appetites.
For the first time in nine weeks — and as long as you comply with the Monday to Thursday trading hours — you are free to exchange your hard-earned rand for wines, spirits and beers traded legally.
One of the kindest gestures from the NCCC has been the decision to permit all on-consumption licensees to operate as off-consumption outlets during level 3. Restaurants, taverns and shebeens will thus be able to accrue some income from the sale of liquor. While the motivation for this decision was primarily to ensure the widest possible distribution (and therefore to minimise the risks to social distancing), it has undoubtedly thrown a lifeline to those traders hovering dangerously near the brink of insolvency...