Changes coming to Western Cape liquor laws

During his State of the Province Address on Monday, Provincial Premier Alan Winde mentioned ‘imminent’ revisions to existing liquor rules in the south-west.
He said ideas have taken years to develop, but the Western Cape Government has given ‘principal approval’ to a set of substantial revisions.
Things will basically remain the same for customers. Once the new criteria are officially adopted by the local legislature, it will be up to traders and business owners to keep up with them.
The laws will encourage vendors to keep better written records of all alcohol purchases, tighten up processes to prevent the illegal sale of booze, and find a way to challenge underage drinking more robustly. Winde says the measures will tackle the deadly relationship the province has with liquor, and he’s looking for immediate approval:

“Our Provincial Cabinet has now granted in principle approval for the first set of amendments to the Western Cape Liquor Amendment Bill to be drafted. Drafting instructions are now in an advanced stage, and should be completed imminently.”
“The next steps will include a full Regulatory Impact Assessment process of the second set of proposed amendments to the bill. This two-step amendment process is to ensure that quick-win amendments can be made as soon as possible, and not be delayed by more significant changes that will require an extensive public participation process.”
Alan Winde

He also said

“I want to make a commitment that our approach to tackling alcohol-related harms will not be done in a way that hurts the economy and costs jobs. We simply cannot afford that. We, however, cannot let the status quo continue either. We must be innovative and targeted in our approach so that we end this deadly relationship once and for all.”
Alan Winde

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