Many residents of Cape Town have been angered already by the proposed liquor bill that the City is proposing. The public has been urged to comment before February 27 on the draft by-law regarding liquor trading days and hours. Some of the significant changes the by-law proposes are that bed and breakfast facilities would be strictly prohibited from selling alcohol. It proposes that guest houses, pubs, clubs and theatres in residential areas could trade in liquor from 11:00 to 21:00, while those in business and industrial areas could trade until 02:00 the next day. Supermarkets would be able to sell wine from 09:00 to 18:00 from Sunday to Monday. Bottle stores, where liquor is not consumed on the premises, would be able to trade from 09:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Saturday. Wine farms, restaurants and guest accommodation in agricultural areas could sell on-site consumption from 11:00 to midnight and off-site consumption from 09:00 to 18:00.
As expected, this has not gone down with many and one only needs to look as far as Facebook where a group has already been created for people against this proposed bill. The group has already got 11 000 members and I am sure the numbers will continue to grow.
It is said that these new laws are the city’s only tool to address public concerns over excessive drinking and public drunkenness in residential areas.
What do you make of all this?