Thursday 3 September 2015

New Liquor Law for North West Province Published

Liquor law -  The North West Province Liquor Licensing Bill was published on 26 August 2015 in an extraordinary provincial gazette.    The Bill will become law once the MEC publishes a date for implementation.   It will probably be implemented in stages, with the sections dealing with the establishment of a Liquor Authority to be first.   Once the administrative structures have been put in place, the MEC will announce a date for the implementation of the remainder.  

As reported before, there are a number of sections which might be deemed controversial.   One of these is the closing time of 0h00 for all on consumption premises.  We will not be surprised if the  Liquor Act is amended soon after being implemented to accommodate on consumption business by extending their liquor trading hours.   Another is the discrepancy between the closing times of liquor stores (20h00), compared to supermarkets(17h00).   All off-consumption liquor outlets are prevented from trading on Sundays.  

Please forward any comments or questions regarding this new liquor law to us and we'll endeavour to reply as soon as possible.

(Article by The Licence Co)

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