18 November 2018


State’s massive programme to intensify liquor compliance 

by: Keorapetse Mosipidi   date: 08 june 2018

South Africa is rated the highest in terms of alcohol abuse according to the World Health Organization (WHO), especially among the youth. It states the main reasons for this being peer pressure, boredom and ignorance of alcohol harms. 

In trying to minimize the impact, Bokone Bophirima’s Department of Economy and Enterprise Development is reaching out to the citizens of the province, creating awareness and enforcing liquor laws with the main focus on villages, townships and small dorpies.

“We are concerned about the rate in which our young people are abusing alcohol, hence we have developed a joint liquor programme with relevant stakeholders to create awareness of harmful effects of alcohol abuse through social responsibility programme, roadshows, educational school lectures and compliance inspections. 

“We hope through these kind of interventions we will be able to minimize alcohol consumption and change people’s drinking behavior,” said Business Regulation Chief Director, Onnica Sithole. 
The department, in partnership with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and local liquor traders recently brought hope and smile to vulnerable families through one of their social responsibility programme in Khuma in Matlosana Local Municipality.    

Donations that include chairs, children safety kids, groceries and toiletries were given to Siyakha Isizwe Multipurpose Centre, a non-profit organization founded by Bright Mndaka in 2009, with the primary purpose of assisting vulnerable children in their area.

The initiative is aimed at reducing socio-economic factors related to alcohol abuse as well as expressing government’s unwavering support to vulnerable families.

The week-long programme was concluded with a compliance inspection where a total of 29 liquor outlets were visited. Approximately 10 outlets were found to be in contravention of the Liquor Act (Act 29, of 1989) with offenses ranging from managing liquor outlet without proper documentation, selling liquor beyond trading hours and several bottle stores were selling liquor on Sundays. One tavern and two bottle stores were closed down for selling takeaways and operating on Sundays.

“We have observed continuous transgression of regulations where liquor traders were found operating two outlets in different areas using the same license. We strongly condemn this kind of a thing and will take tough actions against those affected. A report has been prepared for affected parties to appear before the Provincial Liquor Board before a final decision on action to be taken,” said Sithole.

Liquor traders were urged to follow procedures as outlined in the Liquor Act if they intend to make changes in their lisences to avoid penalties. The department is expected to continue with the programme in all the four districts of the province.