eSwatini to destroy 224 000 beer bottles because of Covid-19 lockdown


About 224,000 bottles of beer in eSwatini are set to be destroyed because of the coronavirus lockdown in the kingdom.

Alcohol is among the ‘non-essential’ products that the Swazi Government said could not be produced or distributed during the lockdown that began on 27 March 2020.

The beer that belongs to Eswatini Beverages has passed its sell-by date. Brands include Sibebe premium lager, Castle, Hansa, Castle lite, Castle milk stout, Black Label and Lion lager. Other alcohol including Reds, Flying Fish and Smirnoff brands are also set to be destroyed.

The Times Sunday newspaper in Swaziland reported people had been going into neighbouring Mozambique at informal border crossings to get alcohol.

In other coronavirus (COVID-19) developments in Swaziland:

As of 24 May 2020 the Ministry of Health reported there had been two deaths and 250 positive tests for coronavirus since the pandemic started. Of these, 156 people had so far recovered.

THE eSwatini Observer newspaper reported that Kwaluseni of Parliament Sibusiso Mabhanisi Dlamini had held a house-warming party with more than 20 guests against the coronavirus regulations. Police reportedly visited the event after receiving a complaint.

The University of eSwatini has adopted online teaching because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Students Representative Council (SRC) objected because many students did not have the money to buy necessary equipment or air time to access the Internet.

THE SWAZI Government has said it wants to start reopening schools from 1 July and has started discussions with various stakeholders. –All

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