The Mpumalanga Economic Regulator “MER” together with the Department of Community Safety Security and Liaison, Local Municipalities, Department of Home Affairs and the Community Policing Forum embarked on a joined workshop on 30 January 2018 where liquor traders were urged to comply with the Mpumalanga Liquor Licencing Act and conditions that comes with their licences. This workshop was held in Delmas together with the liquor traders.
The MER emphasised that the liquor traders must close their liquor outlets as per the closing time stipulated in their liquor licences.
It was further explained to the traders that it is crucial to renew their licences on time, at least by submitting applications for renewal prior to the expiry date.
It is crucial that the person who operate the business, is the same person whose name is on the licence since it is prohibited to rent a licence from someone or to someone else because that is against the condition of the licence.
During the workshop, the Department of Community Safety Security and Liaison advised the traders to work close with the police and report any suspicious behaviour within their premises. They were further urgedto ensure that they have security guards within their business premises.
“If you see suspicious people, call the police because at the end of the day you will be robbed of your hard earned money. We also urge the community to report incompetent police officials. The police are often blamed for not acting on time, in some instances even though the cases are not even reported”.
“We are experiencing an increase in crime especially with assaults, outlets contribute to this because they don’t close on time. As the community we would appreciate to have a forum with them where we will work together in eliminating the criminal activities in the area”.
The Department of Community Safety Security and Liaison on responsible trading and effects of alcohol explained that there is a relationship between alcohol consumption and increased HIV/AIDS prevalence and other sexually transmitted diseases. It was indicated that Medical Research Council published in 2015 a loss of R300 Billion (SA) as a result of alcohol abuse related to deaths, illness, and disabilities through drunken driving.
Furthermore, it was indicated that the World Health Organization reported that South African women topped the list of heavy drinking females in Africa.
The Department of Home Affairs informed the liquor traders regarding the dangers of operating without a licence. If a foreigner without working permit is found working at an outlet, the owner will be charged. The only person who must operate is the one with a licence and a working permit.
The Liquor Traders came out in numbers to attend the workshop, they were given the opportunity to engage with the officials that were present in the workshop.
The MER appreciates the relationship with the liquor traders who attended the workshop and we are delighted with the response that we have received.
ISSUED BY: Mr Bheki Mlambo
Chief Executive Officer
CONTACT: Mr Cedrick Chiloane
Executive Manager: Communications
Tel: 013 750 8000
Cell No.: 082 824 4549
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