‘Curb mush­room­ing of tav­erns’

African Times - - News - MANDLA KHOZA

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.

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