Sunday 30 March 2014

Liquor Licence Fee Increase for Eastern Cape Shocks

Licence Fees – Liquor licensing fees for Eastern Cape liquor licence holders and prospective liquor licence holders, have been increased dramatically - effective from 1 April 2014.   The increase was announced in terms of a special provincial gazette published on 28 March 2014.

The diagram below gives an indication of the increase of fees in the various categories :

Although the fees are more or less similar to the fees charged in terms of provincial liquor acts, it will come as a shock to current and future liquor licence holders of the Eastern Cape.   The increase comes on the back of another increase in the fuel price.  It also follows shortly after the annual increase in excise duties, which inevitable are passed on to the consumer.     (Click here for a humorous view of the Budget increases).

The most worrying is the more than 800% increase in the lodgement fee – from R300 to R2500.   Similarly, the once-off licence approval fee for on consumption liquor licences has been increased from R1000 to R8000.    The same fee for off consumption liquor licences has been raised from R2000 to R5000.  Many would have difficulty seeing the logic of differentiating between licence fees for on and off consumption liquor licences.   The annual liquor licence fee for an on and off consumption licence has been increased more than 1400% - from R200 to R2500!

(Article by LiquorWise)

Monday 24 March 2014

Western Cape Liquor Act to be amended soon

Liquor Act - The Western Cape Liquor Authority has confirmed that it is in the process of amending the Western Cape Liquor Act. The first amendments to be dealt with will be those considered to be of an urgent nature. 

The Liquor Amendment Bill will be published on 11 April 2014.  It will also be advertised in the Weekend Argus and Die Burger of 12 April.    The public and all stakeholders will be able to comment on the proposed amendments.  Public hearings will be held in Cape Town, Vredendal and George.  

LiquorWise will communicate dates and venues as soon as it has been finalized.