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sabmillerTimesLIVE reports that the Beer Association of SA (Basa) has called on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to offer the industry some tax relief in his budget speech on Wednesday.

The association, whose members include the Craft Brewers' Association of SA, Heineken SA and SA Breweries (SAB), said tax relief was the least the government could do to help its members, whose businesses have been devastated by the three Covid-19 lockdown bans on alcohol trading. Basa said small craft breweries had been hit the hardest by the three blanket bans on alcohol and most have no certainty of survival beyond the end of February. The association also pleaded with the government to assist traders with financial relief and to allow them to renew their liquor licences. “Our small businesses and craft breweries have been left up the creek without a paddle and the time to save jobs and businesses is quickly running out,” claimed the association. It went on to say that, although it remained committed to working openly and transparently with the government, it could not continue to keep businesses alive alone. “Government needs to come to the table - and fast - if it does not want to increase SA's already staggeringly high unemployment rate of 30.8%,” warned Basa.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Unathi Nkanjeni at TimesLIVE

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