South Africa has lifted a ban on alcohol sales.

Retail outlets can now sell alcohol between 10:00 and 18:00 from Monday to Thursday, and licensed outlets can serve drinks on-site from 10:00 to 22:00, when they must close.

Curfew hours will now be 23:00 to 04:00.

South Africans have faced three alcohol bans since the pandemic hit last March, the last was imposed on 28 December.

South African food and drink glass packager Consol said it was a welcome relief to the glass industry and its broader supply chain.

“It will hopefully allow a slow and steady recovery from the financial harm as a consequence of the previous lockdowns and associated alcohol bans.”