The ECLB responds to Section 104 of the Constitution (Act 108 of 1996 as amended) which provides for the regulation of Liquor by the Provincial and Local spheres of government.
The Eastern Cape Liquor Board is established in terms of the Eastern Cape Liquor Act (Act 10 of 2003) to:
- Regulate the registration of retail sales and micro-manufacturing of liquor in the province
- Encourage and support the liquor industry in the management and reduction of the socio-economic and other costs of excessive alcohol consumption by creating an environment in which:
- The entry of new participants into the liquor industry is facilitated;
- Appropriate steps are taken against those selling liquor outside the regulatory framework;
- To ensure that those involved in the liquor industry may attain and maintain adequate standards of service delivery
- Participation by ward committees and communities in the consideration of applications for registration certificates is provided for.
- The particular realities confronting the liquor industry in the province can be addressed
The National Liquor Policy requires provinces to regulate the licensing of retail and micro-manufacturing of liquor, and provides categories for licences. The ECLB is charged with interpreting and implementing this policy at a Provincial level.
The ECLB is also responsible for ensuring alignment of its activities with the policy directives of the Province. Specific policies include the Provincial Growth and Development Plan, the Premier’s State of the Province Address, and the MEC’s Policy Speech.