There’s been another urgent call for national government to lift the alcohol ban, to help save jobs here in the Western Cape.

Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer has written to his national counter-part, Minister Thoko Didiza, requesting help.

On Monday, the province’s Economic Development MEC David Maynier, also expressed deep concern over how the alcohol ban, beach ban and curfew were causing extreme financial difficulties for businesses in the province.

The Cape’s wine sector alone reportedly employs over 45 000 people, supporting the livelihoods of a further 228 000.

Meyer says the province’s economy has seen massive losses, and cannot survive the continued lockdown restrictions.