Non Alcoholic Alternatives

“Nobody consumes alcohol anywhere in the country after six except in your house,” – Bheki Cele

Police minister Bheki Cele has warned there will be no negotiating with those shebeens and pubs selling alcohol beyond 6pm or to more than the regulated 50 people.

If you or your clients are you a restaurant owner and are not allowed to sell alcohol after 18h00, why not get a good collection of alcohol free beers and make it a feature during the alcohol free periods?

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Got to Holger’s Buyers Guide for a complete list of all the non alcoholic beers, alcohol-free RTD’s and non-alcoholic distilled spirits.


According to Wendy Alberts of the Restaurant Association of South Africa, restaurants may still operate during their normal trading hours but may only sell alcohol between 9am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday and between 9am and 1pm on Sundays and public holidays.

Alberts received clarification on the matter after consultation with Advocate Lufuno, adviser to the Minister of Health following the publication of regulations related to the coronavirus in South Africa this week.

Furthermore, no bulk alcohol sales can happen one minute prior to closure and no alcohol may be brought to the restaurant by customers. All alcoholic drinks, when open, closed, finished or partly drunk must be removed from tables by 6pm (or 1pm on Sundays and public holidays).

According to the regulations, establishments are required to keep the number of people on the premises to fifty people or less, including staff.

In an updated message that went out today, Alberts said that a register must be kept of all people that visit the establishment, including their name, address, contact number, ID number and next of kin. The message warned that authorities would do inspections and restaurant owners be prosecuted for not adhering to the regulations.

The regulations also restrict gatherings of people such as weddings to one hundred or less and alcohol may not be sold at these events.

The Restaurant Association of South Africa has advised any restaurants encountering problems related to the regulations to contact them via telephone or whatsapp on 083 661 9000.

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