Thursday, 16 March 2017

KZN Liquor Law stop supermarkets from selling liquor

Liquor law – The "fix" many KZN supermarkets are finding themselves in has once again emphasized the need for licence holders to ensure that they are advised by experienced liquor consultants who are legally trained to interpret liquor laws and advise their clients timeously.   Many liquor licensed supermarkets have been caught napping by neglecting to implement a 2014 amendment to the Liquor Act.   It required supermarkets to implement the following :
  • a separate till point;
  • strictly controlled entry and exit points;
  • appropriate signage to be displayed at the entrance to the liquor section within the grocer's store prohibiting entry of minors; and
  • a separate and enclosed demarcated area for retail sale of liquor with a single
These changes had to be implemented within 3 years and many supermarkets seem to have missed the deadline.   The result is that new liquor licence applications will have to be lodged – at substantial cost to current licence holders.  To add to the situation, government authorities have vowed to start inspections soon.       Most of the big supermarket chains have been caught with egg on their face.
(Article by LiquorWise, based on News24 article)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Liquor regulation – Eastern Cape Liquor Board hosts stakeholders

Liquor regulation – The Eastern Cape liquor regulations will be discussed in a workshop by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) and the DTI in East London from 12 – 14 March 2017.  Stakeholders have been invited, but it isn’t open to the public.   Majova-Songca said that Ministers Rob Davies, Lidiwe Zulu and Aaron Motsoaledi will attend, due to “the monitoring of the liquor industry being an inter-governmental exercise.”  The workshop will discuss, amongst other issues,  compliance and monitoring of liquor licence holders, job creation in the liquor industry and the impact of alcohol abuse. 

(LiquorWise Article from Daily Dispatch Article (Siya Boya)

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.