'We're done smoking horrible brands': SA on cigarette, booze sales
“This is my favourite brand. This is what we have been waiting for,” said a Cape Town resident who was the first customer to buy two boxes of cigarettes.
From Tuesday, the tobacco and liquor industries breathed sighs of relief as South Africans were allowed to buy their favourite alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.
It was a good day for the tobacco industry as the lifting of a five-month ban on sales put an end to the surge in the black market trade in cigarettes.
Cigarette sales were banned under levels 5, 4 and 3 of the lockdown to help slow the spread of Covid-19.
Alcohol sales were banned under levels 5 and 4, permitted in level 3 and then banned again after President Cyril Ramaphosa cited an increase in alcohol-related trauma admissions at the country's hospitals.
At a media briefing on Tuesday, co-operative governance & traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma pleaded with smokers not to share cigarettes.
“We must smoke cigarettes as they are now allowed, but don’t share them because you can pass the virus to the next person,” she said.
On social media, many said they braved the cold to queue in long lines for their fixes.
Here is a snapshot.
'It's been a roller-coaster ride': bottle stores get back to business
[WATCH] Some business owners in Cape Town are stocking up on liquor.— Athi Mtongana (@Artii_M) August 18, 2020
A Makro staffer orders the costumers who are loading the alcohol to wear masks.
One business owner tells us how relieved they are to get back into business to start making money again. @Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/RIaKBsXBwL