6 December 2012

South Africa: Statement By Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Alan Winde - Western Cape Intensifies Fight Against Liquor Abuse

press release

Western Cape Minister in charge of liquor regulation, Alan Winde, today announced that the Western Cape Liquor Authority will launch a Social and Education Fund during the 2013/14 financial year in a move that will significantly intensify the Provincial Government's fight against liquor abuse.

The fund will be utilised on activities aimed at encouraging behavioural change amongst liquor traders and consumers.

Speaking at the Quarterly Western Cape Liquor Conference today, Minister Winde said: "There are 8834 licensed liquor outlets in the Western Cape. As a government, we have to strike the balance between giving business the space to make profit and dealing with the destructive force that is alcohol abuse. Through our Social and Education Fund, we will drive behavioural change initiatives aimed at encouraging responsible liquor trading and consumption. These initiatives will challenge individuals to take responsibility for their own health and reward liquor traders where they operate responsibly."

"We will also continue to work closely Western Cape municipalities, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, South African Police Service (SAPS) and other Western Cape Provincial Departments in reducing the estimated 25 000 illegal liquor traders currently operating in the Western Cape." Minister Winde added.

Chairperson of the board of the Western Cape Liquor Authority, Mervyn Burton added: "South Africa has been ranked third on the list of countries with the highest levels of alcohol abuse. The Western Cape leads South Africa as the province with the highest alcohol consumption. That's why provision was made in the Western Cape Liquor Act for the establishment of a Social and Education Fund to educate the industry and general public on responsible sale and consumption of liquor as well as around liquor-related harms. We look forward to launching the fund next year."

According to research commissioned by the then Western Cape Liquor Board in 2009, there were approximately 25 000 illegal liquor outlets in the Province. As of 26 October 2012, there are 8834 valid liquor licences in the Province. The breakdown of the licences is as follows:

Magisterial District

Number of licenses:

Beaufort West

77

Bellville

640

Bredasdorp

118

Caledon

274

Calitzdorp

39

Ceres

63

Clanwilliam

101

George

348

Goodwood

249

Heidelberg (Cape)

32

Hermanus

257

Hopefield

66

Cape Town ("The Cape")

1337

Knysna

331

Kuilsrivier

364

Ladismith

40

Laingsburg

17

Malmesbury

256

Montagu

72

Mossel Bay

232

Murraysburg

5

Oudtshoorn

172

Paarl

481

Piketberg

97

Prins Albert

39

Riversdal

97

Robertson

145

Simon's Town

164

Somerset West

230

Stellenbosch

515

Strand

193

Swellendam

151

Tulbagh

80

Uniondale

21

Vanrhynsdorp

30

Vredenburg

127

Vredendal

87

Wellington

123

Worcester

241

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