The Spier winery is now making hand sanitiser.
  • The maker of Savanna, Hunters, and Klipdrift, and the Spier winery, have started making hand sanitiser instead of booze.
  • Hand sanitisers very high in alcohol are recommended to stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus behind Covid-19.
  • Distell is hoping to produce 100,000 litres of alcohol, and Spier has produced 300 litres, to be used in hygiene products. 
  • The final products will be distribute across South Africa, in the hope that it will slow the spread of the virus.
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Distell, the company behind iconic brands Savanna, Hunters, and Klipdrift, as well as the Spier winery, have started producing hand sanitisers at their facilities, in an effort to help fight Covid-19. 

Hand sanitiser high in alcohol is recommended to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus behind the disease, and it recognised that there is an acute shortage of alcohol for that purpose, Distell said.

The company aims to produce 100,000 litres of alcohol, which will be used to produce a variety of hygiene and sanitising products in coming days. 

The hand sanitisers will be distributed free to communities across South Africa as a way to encourage good hygiene practices, Distell said. 

Distell's hand sanitiser.

“We are determined to support our government in its bid to halt the current rapid spread of Covid-19 and in the absence of a vaccine, good hygiene remains one of the most effective options to do so,” Distell group CEO Richard Rushton said. 

Meanwhile, Stellenbosch-based Spier said it has thus far been able to produce 300 litres of alcohol, which was distributed to nearby communities. 

Spier said it is in discussion with the department of trade and industry to allow it to continue production throughout South Africa's 21-day lockdown period.

The sale of all alcoholic drinks is forbidden during the lockdown period.

(Compilled by James de Villiers)