Moderation, not prohibition, is the answer

By Patricia Pillay This opinion piece was first published on Fin24 on 17 September. https://www.news24.com/fin24/opinion/opinion-sa-needs-a-better-plan-than-liquor-sales-restrictions-20201016 South Africa is emerging battered and bruised from the national lockdown of our economy. But, while we may have weathered the initial Covid-19 storm, we now find ourselves navigating our way through unchartered waters. As we forge ahead, we need […]

Beer manufacturers commit to zero tolerance towards lockdown level 2 transgressors

PRESS STATEMENT BY PATRICIA PILLAY  CEO OF THE BEER ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA 02 September 2020 Following recent reports of alcohol outlets breaching the level 2 lockdown regulations, the Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) has committed itself to identifying establishments found breaking the law and cutting off their supply. Beer manufacturers will be requesting […]

Beer Association calls for responsible consumption as trade re-opens

PRESS STATEMENT BY PATRICIA PILLAY CEO OF THE BEER ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA 18 August 2020 Beer Association calls for responsible consumption as trade re-opens With the country moving to Alert level 2 of the lockdown today, which includes the re-opening of the sale of alcohol, the Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) calls on traders […]

BEER ASSOCIATION RELIEVED TO BE TRADING AGAIN

PRESS STATEMENT BY PATRICIA PILLAY  CEO OF THE BEER ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA15 August 2020 BEER ASSOCIATION RELIEVED TO BE TRADING AGAIN The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) welcomes the re-opening of the sale of alcohol under Alert level 2 of the lockdown especially for restaurants, bars and taverns.  We can assure customers that we […]

Alcohol sales ban: The switch has been flipped on us all

We recognise the incredibly tough task that our government has in terms of leading the nation through this unprecedented global pandemic. We appreciate the delicate balancing act that you – as our country’s leaders – are facing each and every day in trying to save lives. We want to say it loudly and clearly and […]

Alcohol industry response to the President’s announcement to re-instate the nationwide alcohol ban

Monday, 13 July 2020 Media release Alcohol ban a potential “disaster” for industry and consumers as job losses loom South African Alcohol industry deeply concerned with the Government’s decision to halt sales, dispensing, and distribution of alcohol The South African alcohol industry including the National Liquor Traders Council, South African Liquor Brandowners Association (SALBA), the […]

BASA Chairperson Announcement

As the Beer Association of South Africa celebrates its one-year anniversary, we bid farewell to Apiwe Nxusani-Malewa whose term as our first Chairperson of the Board comes to an end. We would like to thank Apiwe for her hard work and commitment in building and growing the BASA over the past twelve months. We are […]

Fake News Alert

STATEMENT BY PATRICIA PILLAYCEO OF BEER ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA 08 June 2020 Fake news alert: Liquor sales will not be suspended this week It has been brought to our attention that numerous messages are doing the rounds on social media and on WhatsApp, which state that liquor sales will once again be banned this […]

Level Three Regulations

Under level 3, licensed premises may sell liquor to the public under the following conditions: Permitted: The off-consumption sale of liquor by a retailer at any licenced premises, directly or through e-commerce, from Mondays to Thursdays between 09h00 and 17h00. The delivery of liquor from any licenced premises to the public from Mondays to Thursdays […]

Keep Calm and Drink Beer Responsibly

The beer industry has been working closely with government to prepare for the resumption of liquor sales when the country moves to level 3 of the lockdown on 1 June 2020. Under level 3 all licensed premises, including liquor stores, bars, taverns and micro-breweries are allowed to sell alcohol from Monday to Thursday, 9am-5pm. Off-consumption […]