Thursday, 30 May 2013

Liquor Board Promises End to Backlog with 6 Months

Liquor licence applications -  Frustrated liquor licence applicants was promised relief by Western Cape finance, economic development and tourism, MEC Alan Winde, this morning.     He committed his administration to cut unnecessary red tape and wipe out the backlog of liquor licence applications within the next 6 months.    He emphasized the government’s aim of assisting those applicants who are attempting to legalise their businesses.   The announcement comes at a time when the provincial government is under increased pressure to deliver on one of the main promises of the new Liquor Act – to promote the entry of new licence holders and to ensure the responsible use of liquor.

Although no accurate data has been made available, it is believed that the backlog extends to between 2000 and 4000 applications of all types.  Western Cape Liquor Authority CEO, Thys Giliomee, said that the public and role players will be informed of progress in addressing the backlog.   He also promised an improvement in the level of service of the liquor authority.

He said that the key to having applications considered more quickly is for applicants to ensure that every requirement of the application process is met before submitting their applications.

This confirms that a prospective applicant needs to ensure that he or she makes use of the services of a professional and legally qualified licensing consultant – such as LiquorWise.    Too many applicants have found out the hard way that “cheap” often ends up being “expensive”, when their defective application is delayed or refused.    

Contact LiquorWise today for assistance with any liquor licence application.


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