Western Cape Liquor Act: Keeping of records

Monday, 17 December, 2012
Danie Cronje
Many liquor licence holders are not aware of the requirements introduced by the Western Cape Liquor Act in respect of record keeping of all liquor sold for consumption off the premises.
Owners of liquor stores, supermarkets, wineries etc. must keep a written or electronic record of all liquor sales containing the name and the address of the licenced business, its liquor licence number, invoice numbers and their dates of issue, the kind and quantity of liquor sold as well as the purchase prices paid.

According to Danie Cronje, the Director of Liquor Law Services at Cluver Markotter Incorporated the requirement is probably aimed at enforcing the limit of 150 litres of liquor which licence holders may sell to members of the public in a day.

In terms of the Act failure to keep the appropriate records the may result in a fine of up to R100 000 or imprisonment for up to 6 months.