New Cape liquor law to be gazetted

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Cape Town - A new liquor by-law is expected to be published in the Western Cape provincial government gazette in January next year, Cape Town officials said on Wednesday.

It would repeal all existing by-laws concerned with the sale of liquor, said mayoral committee member for economic, environmental and spatial planning, Garreth Bloor.

“It is likely to come into effect on 1 February 2014,” he said.

“The by-law allows for the possibility of extended trading hours during the week and on Sundays for off-consumption trade.”

Bloor said the city had been sensitive to the need to balance addressing the social impact of liquor trading, without causing job losses and damage to the local economy.

Applications for the extension of on-consumption trading hours would continue as normal but applications for the consumption of off-consumption trading hours could only be made once the new law was gazetted, said Bloor.


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