‘Curb mushrooming of taverns’
MPUMALANGA MEC of finance, economic development and tourism, Eric Kholwane, believes the number of liquor outlets have to be curtailed in the province.
Kholwane was speaking at a ceremony after the amalgamation of the liquor and gambling boards this week. He said unlike the gambling board, liquor authorities had failed to conduct a study on the issuing of licenses.
“You find out that in a community of 20 000 people, there are about 15 000 outlets and that is really not right. It’s clear that liquor outlets have not been studied on how they work. We need to curb and curtail the number of liquor outlets in the province,” said Kholwane.
He said there should be a synergy between municipalities, communities and the department of community safety, security and liaison regarding the issuing of licenses.
“It’s the requirement that all these bodies be consulted when issuing a license. However, communities needs to be educated on what does it mean to sign and agree for a liquor outlet in their area,” said Kholwane.