Thursday 28 August 2014

SA Brandy to benefit from new standards

Liquor law -  The Wine and Spirits Board has legislated changes to brandy production laws. The changes seek to protect brandy's position in the local market by enforcing stricter requirements on how the two styles of brandy - vintage and potstill - are made. 

Top-end potstill brandy competes directly with single malt whiskies and cognac. Single malts must be 100% malt spirit and cognacs must be 100% pot distilled. The local brandy industry wanted similarly stringent parameters for what constitutes a pot stilled brandy to reflect the already extremely high standard of our offerings."

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(Article from

Sunday 10 August 2014

Hartebeespoort Liquor Traders - Important Meeting on Proposed New Liquor Act

Liquor Licensing - All Hartebeespoort Liquor Traders have been requested to attend a very important meeting to discuss the proposed new Liquor Act for the North West Province.   The meeting will be hosted at Magaliespark on Tuesday, 19 August at 11h00.   

Warrant Officer Manie Beukes has appealed to all licence holders and interested parties to attend the meeting to ensure their opinions are noted, failing which the new Liquor Act may be promulgated without their input.   

Interested parties may contact W/O Beukes on (012) 2553 7018

[Notice drafted by The Licence Co (LiquorWise Division)]

Western Cape Liquor Board - New Guidelines

Liquor Licensing - The Western Cape Liquor Authority has issued a number of new guidelines to assist with liquor licence applications.    

Please Contact Us if you want more detail on any of the topics mentioned below.

These relate to the following :
  • Liquor licences for school premises
  • Changes to licensed premises
  • Liquor licences for market stalls
  • Liquor licences in case of insolvent and deceased estates
  • On & Off consumption liquor licences
  • Temporary and Special Events licences
  • Grocer stores liquor licences
  • Tasting
  • Containers
  • Leasing cellar space
  • Sale of licences by sherriffs
  • Providing free liquor

Judge asks Public Protector to Investigate National Liquor Authority

Liquor Licensing - Judge Piet Ebersohn(Pretoria High Court) has requested the Public Protector (PP) to investigate the handling of wholesale liquor licence applications by the Department of Trade and Industry.  His request relates to a number of court applications by applicants for wholesale liquor licences.   Due to the long delay by the National Liquor Authority (NLA) to consider these applications, the applicants asked the court to order the authorities to consider the applications without delay.
The judge’s issue was that the State Attorney(SA) seemed to oppose these applications for the same reasons which had been ruled against in a number of previous, similar applications.   Irrespective of this, the SA continued to oppose these applications and then proceeded to appoint expensive legal representatives.   
This caused “scandalous” delays and wasted costs, which were against the public interest and a waste of taxpayer’s money.

(Article by Beeld, adapted by LiquorWise)