Restaurant Association of SA bemoans delay in issuing of liquor licences

Restaurant Association of South Africa is complaining about the liquor board delays in providing licenses to restaurants.

The association says this is preventing restaurants to trade effectively.

Joanne Josepho speaks to Restaurant Association of SA CEO Wendy Alberts about the challenges they are facing.

If we look across the board in all provinces the delays are quite extreme now, we don't have a definite record but some of our restaurants have been struggling for the past four years to get a licence.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of SA 

The actual liquor board in itself is very competent, so I don't believe the issue is at board level. I do believe that the issue we are having is on the administrative side. There are massive delays and there are massive shortages of staff.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of SA 

They are also not on electronics, they don't work on email and that is another problem. Papers and files get lost.

Wendy Alberts, CEO - Restaurant Association of SA 

Alberts says the local government needs to employ more staff to help clear the backlog.

Listen to the full interview below...


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