Western Cape Liquor Conference

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011
Danie Cronjé, Cluver Markotter
The third Annual Western Cape Liquor Conference will be held on the 9th of September.
Although details regarding the program and participating speakers have not yet been announced, it can be expected that the implementation of the Western Cape Liquor Act early in 2012 and the municipal bylaws on liquor trading days and hours will be amongst the topics discussed amongst those attending.

According to Danie Cronjé, the Director of Liquor Law Services at Cluver Markotter Incorporated, the municipal bylaws are likely to cause problems for role players in the liquor industry.

A few municipalities have published draft bylaws for public comment.

Some of these do not allow for any liquor sales on Sundays and others do not allow for liquor to be sold for consumption off the premises i.e. in liquor stores, supermarkets and on wine farms.

The hours proposed also differ from one municipality to the next.

The end result will be a confusing situation for retailers which operate throughout the province.

It will be a setback to wine tourism if some municipalities do not allow wine estates to sell bottled wine on Sundays.

Cronjé has been monitoring the publication of proposed bylaws on behalf of the Wine Routes Forum. “I intend to raise this issue at the conference if the opportunity presents itself.”

For updates on liquor law related issues follow Danie Cronjé on Twitter (@Danie_Cronje).
Danie Cronjé, the Director of Liquor Law Services at Cluver Markotter Incorporated
Danie Cronjé, the Director of Liquor Law Services at Cluver Markotter Incorporated

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