President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the level 4 lockdown regulations for another 14 days, as Covid-19 positive cases continue to rise. Ramaphosa, addressing the nation on Sunday night, said his government had decided to keep the country on adjusted level 4 first implemented exactly two weeks prior. This[…]
The National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC) has warned that some industry members are considering defying the recent ban on the sale of alcohol, saying employees need to earn an income to support their families. The ban comes amid the new adjusted Alert Level 4 restrictions, announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa[…]
Sri Lanka’s move to ban the burqa on “national security” grounds while calling its use “religious extremism” has been termed a “racist agenda” used to cause divisions in the country. A burqa is an outer garment worn to cover the entire body and the face and is used by some[…]
The case involving British American Tobacco South Africa’s (BATSA) challenge to the tobacco sales ban by government continues in the High Court in Cape Town today. Yesterday, BATSA said COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma had infringed on the rights of consumers, farmers and others in the value chain of the[…]
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde on Monday deplored the renewed alcohol ban imposed by the national government as a “blunt instrument” in the fight against Covid-19. Winde said the after June 1, when the government lifted the initial alcohol ban imposed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was an[…]
Smokers in South Africa are anxiously waiting for the High Court in Pretoria to deliver judgment in the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) case against a ban on the sale of tobacco products. FITA took the government to court saying Regulation 27 of the Disaster Management Act was irrational[…]
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has dismissed “the false allegations in the media” that the department intends to prohibit the distribution of food parcels and cooked food to households and communities most in need of humanitarian relief during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. “The Non-Profit Organisations [NPO] Act, which the department[…]
An “anxious driver” arose suspicion at a roadblock between the Eastern and Western Cape, leading to the discovery of illicit cigarettes worth R200 000 hidden beneath a layer of pineapples. According to police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie, a Ford bakkie with a load of pineapples approached the roadblock at the[…]
British American Tobacco South Africa, the largest player in the country’s cigarette market, says it will not be pursuing legal action in an attempt to force the state to permit the sale of cigarettes. At the start of May the company described government’s decision to continue the ban on the[…]
Stellenbosch University has temporarily banned alcohol in university residences and private student accommodation in a bid to combat alcohol abuse among students and gender-based violence. The temporary ban came into effect on January 1, 2020. In a brief to students, the university said the decision was reached because of rising[…]
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