REMINDER FOR THE RENEWAL OF LIQUOR LICENSES IN THE EASTERN CAPE

written byPumlani Fani

Media Release

For Immediate Release

15 September 2015

REMINDER FOR THE RENEWAL OF LIQUOR LICENSES IN THE EASTERN CAPE
The period for the renewal of liquor licenses in the Eastern Cape is drawing closer and Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) urges liquor traders to adhere to timeframes. ECLB wishes to commend those liquor traders that have so far taken it upon themselves to ensure that they comply with conditions of their liquor licenses and promptly renew their liquor licenses.
In order to heighten compliance, Liquor traders are obligated by law to renew their liquor licenses annually. The renewal period starts on October 1 until December 31 of each year, and those who miss this deadline can still renew their licenses in the months of January and February of the following year. However, those who renew in January are charged a 50% late registration fee of the normal registration fee; and those who register in February are charged 100%.
The implication for those liquor traders who fail to renew their licenses by the 28th of February is that their liquor outlets will be deregistered and should they wish to trade again, they will be expected to undergo the same process of attaining liquor license.
It is important to note that those who continue to trade with invalid licenses will be contravening the law, and necessary steps will be taken.
In the previous year (2014/15) out of 8231 active liquor licenses, about 7861 liquor traders renewed their licenses and 370 could not renew and were subsequently de-registered. The failure to renew licenses has a debilitating effect on ECLB’s fight against the mushrooming illegal taverns in the Province as the majority of these liquor traders revert to illegal trading.
To avoid de-registration of their liquor licenses, liquor traders must ensure that they renew their licenses so they can remain valid for the next financial year.

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For more information contact Mgwebi Msiya @060 5016418/ 043 700 0900 /Mgwebi.msiya@eclb.co.za
Eastern Cape Liquor Board
No 69 Deveraux Avenue
Vincent E
East London

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