Is Gordhan About to U-Turn on Booze Ban?

In yesterday’s ZA Confidential we expressed concern that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had announced in his mini-budget that there would be curbs on the government purchasing booze for official functions. We are grateful to 702 Eyewitness News for reporting from CT that the Minister may be having second thoughts – a story which the mainstream media appears to have ignored. According to 702, Cope MP Nick Koornhof raised the issue in Parliament yesterday, saying it was unthinkable that South African wines would no longer be served at state functions. Gordhan reportedly agreed to reconsider the scope of the alcohol ban. The Cape wine industry is a source of national pride, and we want every possible support from government for our producers. This is an issue we will follow with keen interest, and hopefully more media outlets will follow the lead of 702 in reporting the matter.

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