Wednesday, 22 February 2017


Liquor Tax -  As usual, we update our readers and members on the effect of the annual Budget on liquor licence holders and consumers.   The table below is our effort at making the depressing increases somewhat more colourful.   For the more curious or statistically inclined, click HERE for a calculation (Fin24) of how much more you will pay for your favourite drink in 2017.  

Sunday, 19 February 2017

New (higher) Fees for Western Cape Licence Holders

Liquor Regulations - The proposed, new liquor regulations for the Western Cape were published recently.   Current and potential Western Cape Liquor Licence Holders will be affected on a financial, as well as a practical level.   We firstly highlight the most important financial implications below, such as the increase in annual, renewal fees :

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Although fees haven’t increased since 2012, we propose a smaller, annual increase rather than such a big increase every few years. 

A full schedule of new fees is available HERE.

*Any comment from our readers will be included in the comment of the The Licence Co (LiquorWise Division), which will be presented to the provincial minister. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Liquor Licence Renewal - Forget and you may lose your business

Liquor Licence Renewal - All liquor licence holders must renew their licences every year – irrespective of the kind of liquor licence. The process is different for each province.  Make sure of and don’t miss your final licence renewal payment date!   Failure to pay on time results in a licence becoming invalid.  This means no selling, manufacturing or distribution of liquor.  
Renewal reminder registration - Register HERE.  Licence holders are encouraged to register for licence renewal reminders with licence specialists – such as The Licence Co. The Licence Co sends reminders to licence holders on their renewal database on a regular basis.
NB - It remains the sole responsibility of a licence holder to renew on time.  It is futile to blame an employee who neglected to make the payment on behalf of the licence holder.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

New Eastern Cape Liquor Act Proposed

Eastern Cape Liquor Act -  The Eastern Cape Provincial Government recently gave notice of its intention to introduce  a new Eastern Cape Liquor Act.  Fourteen (14) months ago, extensive amendments to the current Eastern Cape Liquor Act was published.   Why not proceed to implement the amendments?  It seems that the provincial government thinks it will be easier to replace the current Liquor Act in total, instead of implementing the amendments of July 2015. Comment can be submitted on or before 8 November 2016 – allowing only 14 days to comment.

The highlights are summarised below.  Contact Us if you need information or advice on the proposed new Eastern Cape Liquor Act. 

1. There are definite links between National and Provincial Legislation – numerous definitions follow the definitions contained in the National Liquor Act.
2. It provides for a system of delegated powers to allow officials to exercise functions of the CEO
3. Creates 7 categories of licences
4. Creates a threshold above which no liquor may be sold
5. Introduces new licensing criteria
6. New supporting documents required
7. No automatic renewal
8. New fines / prison sentences.

Western Cape Liquor Authority - Guidelines for Special Event & Temporary Licences for 2016/2017 December Holiday Period

Western Cape Liquor Authority ("WCLA") - The Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) has advised the following guidelines for special and temporary liquor licence applications for events and functions for the 2016 Holiday season :

Period of function1 December 2016 to 13 January 2017 
Cut off time for lodgement : 16h00 on 1 December 2016
Late Applications : Considered only after 13 January 2017

NB : Only certain events qualify for a special event licence, the rest must apply for a temporary liquor licence.   Contact Us to ensure you apply for the correct licence. 

Note 1 : All Special Event & Temporary Licence Applications must still be lodged with the WCLA at least 14 days before the first day of the event. 

Note 2: The Liquor Licensing Tribunal will be in recess from 13 December 2016 to 6 January 2017.  

Contact Us for applications for your Special Event & Temporary Licences for this season.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Liquor on Western Cape School Premises causes uproar

Liquor licence Western Cape - Liquor will be allowed to be sold at functions on school premises if a proposed amendment to the WC Provincial Education Act is approved.   The proposal has been published for public comment and immediately drew strong comment from those in favour, as well as those in opposition to it.   

WC Education MEC, Debbie Sch√§fer, said that the current definition of “school activity” is so wide, it may include events off school premises.  Naptosa (a Teachers’ Union) warned that schools would not control the sale of liquor properly, though failed to state the basis for his contention.   The proposal flies in the face of the much discussed national draft liquor bill – which proposes a ban on all liquor outlets within a radius of 500m from any school.  However, very little has been published of the fact the liquor is a provincial competency.   This means that Provincial governments, and not the national government, are the sole regulators of the retail sale of liquor.   It will be interesting to see whether the proposed amendment is written into law.   We expect that we haven't heard the last on this matter and will keep you posted.  

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Wine Tourism - Boosting Liquor Licensed Businesses

Wine tourism - 1 million bottles of SA wine are sold worldwide on a daily basis – presenting excellent wine tourism opportunities for local licensed and unlicensed businesses.

Liquor licence holders who have seized the opportunities offered by wine tourism, are already  reaping the financial benefits.   The Western Cape, especially, has established itself as a quality wine tourism destination, offering value for money and exceptional hospitality.
It is a fact that tourists are increasingly arranging their travels to include destinations in the food, wine and hospitality industries.  This is very good news for both licensed and unlicensed businesses.   Licensed liquor outlets can position themselves accordingly and enjoy the immediate benefit of selling wine and liquor products over the summer season.   Unlicensed business should seriously consider applying for a suitable liquor licence.   The initial, once-off cost will prove to be a small price to pay for the benefit of an additional income stream.   It will allow businesses to tap into this  tourism market which is set to continue to grow for the foreseeable future.    

The upcoming conference at the Spier Estate (see above) is bound to give fresh insights to all interested. Locals are urged to register at HERE as the workshops are very popular.

(Article by The Licence Co – sourced from