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Cape Town - The deadline for submission of written public comments on the draft National Liquor Amendment Bill has been extended to December 15, the Trade and Industry Department (DTI) said on Sunday. 
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the extension was the result of constructive consultative sessions the department had with the parliamentary portfolio committee on trade and industry and the South African Liquor randowners’ Association.
“The department also hosted a national liquor indaba in Gauteng last month where it was apparent affected stakeholders and associations need more time to provide valuable inputs on the bill.
“We are happy the extension will afford all stakeholders and members of the public more time to share their ideas and proposals with us on the bill,” Davies said.
The DTI had been hosting consultative sessions for oral public submissions and comments throughout the country since October as part of the national roadshow.
Next week, this takes in Lephalale, Moletjie, Mokopane, and Musina in Limpopo.
The bill paves the way for raising the legal alcohol drinking age from 18 to 21 and a crackdown on liquor advertising, among other things.