Local taverns and liquor stores re-opened yesterday in Mamelodi and other communities around Tshwane after level 3 of lockdown in South Africa.
This happens after the President of concerned Tshwane Liquor Traders Association, Oupa Mthombeni pleaded with President Cyril Ramaphosa to allow the operation of local liquor and taverns.
” I have requested the government to let the people in communities to sell alcohol, most families rely on selling alcohol to look after their families. We made a promise that we will comply with the rules and regulations to ensure that people are safe”, said Oupa Mthombeni.
Adding on his statement that all registered and with valid license taverns and liquors should sell alcohol to make money and they have to make sure that they all comply with the rules as the government has requested.
The safety procedure that needs to be adhered as per the government rules are following:
- Social distancing
- No sit in, only buy for consumption at home
- Always wear a mask
- Sanitise frequently
Oupa said the screens are awaited for testing customers coming into the stores purchasing alcohol and the medical teams will also be sent to communities for testing locals with a purpose of assisting the government with testing.
Customers are urged to drink responsibly and not allowed to be seen on the streets drinking as they will be arrested. Also people should use plastic bags to carry the alcohol after purchase.
“Drunk customers must not be served alcohol, as there wont be any order and they cause troubles, they must be asked to come back the next day to purchase alcohol”, said Oupa Mthombeni.
According to Oupa Mthombeni, the re-opening of local liquor and taverns is not only serving as an income purpose to local businesses but also to create a gender base violence and woman abuse awareness.
As in communities women are abused by men with drinking problems, those who are abusing women after drinking alcohol are urged to be cancelled by the tavern owners.
It is said that women who are abused must report the issue to the tavern owners and the owners must cancel men buying alcohol as they abuse women.
This is done to change the perception of women abuse in communities and bring the community together in fighting women abuse led by alcohol consumption.
Communities are expected to be flooded with pamphlets about Covid-19 as part of raising the awareness.
According to level 3 regulations, taverns must only sell from Monday to Thursday between 9am – 5pm and not before or after times allocated. Those who are caught breaking the rules their licences will be suspended for 6 months.
By: Fortunate Machaba