South Africans need to recognise that they have a bad relationship with alcohol and take the initiative to improve the relationship to yield only positive consequences.
Chief executive of the Gauteng Liquor Board Raymond Martin made these remarks when he was representing the Gauteng Department of Economic Development at a seminar with liquor traders in Kameeldrift.
Martin was speaking during the summit of tavern owners to promote responsible drinking and responsible consumption ahead of the festive season that has proven to expose a lot of alcohol-related challenges.
Martin said the event was a partnership between the Department of Economic Development, the Gauteng Liquor Board and global leading spirit producer Diageo South Africa.
The liquor board said with President Cyril Ramaphosa having announced a relaxation of alcohol trading rules last week, the alcohol industry is focusing its energy on ensuring that liquor outlets trade in a responsible manner and support the national efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The audience were told that in addition to complying with the regulations under the Liquor Act, they needed to also adhere to COVID-19 level one regulations, including observing the curfews, limiting the number of patrons to 50% capacity of the outlet, social distancing and wearing of masks.