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Deadline for public comment on proposed national liquor law changes looms

There are just over two weeks left to comment on the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) national liquor policy which aims to enforce new trading hours, zoned areas and a higher minimum legal age for consumers.

CapeTalk presenter Kieno Kammies spoke with the ‎Deputy Director General at the DTI Zodwa Ntuli and to Danie Cronje, Director at Cluver Markotter, who outlined the purpose of the proposed policy which closes for public review on 13 August 2015.

One of our obligations is to ensure that the trade of regulated industries such as liquor, gambling and lottery, are regulated in a socially responsible manner. We want to see if we're winning the war against the social effects and abuse of liquor. We do not sufficient interventions for the trade.

Zodwa Ntuli, DDG at the DTI

The draft National Liquor Policy proposes that:

  • The availability of liquor be reduced by regulating days and hours when liquor sales will be permitted in accordance with the National Liquor Norms and Standards;
  • The national minimum legal age at which alcohol can be purchased and consumed be raised from 18 to twenty one 21 years;
  • Liquor premises be located at least 500 meters away from schools, places of worship; recreation facilities, rehabilitation or retreat centres, residential areas and public institutions;
  • The Minister of Trade and Industry determine the restrictions and parameters for advertising and marketing of liquor products. This includes the restriction of advertisement of the alcoholic beverages, prohibitions of sponsorship and promotion associated with alcoholic beverages;

For more information on how to comment on the National Liquor policy visit the Government website.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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