Liquor process not inclusive - industry

2011-09-23 22:29

Johannesburg - The Gauteng liquor policy process is making it difficult for the beverages industry to participate, industry spokesperson Adrian Botha said on Friday.

"We wish to make a contribution to future alcohol policy in Gauteng and in the rest of our country... but unfortunately we are finding it difficult to do so in some instances."

He said the industry's association for responsible alcohol use (ARA) was concerned about the involvement of the NGO Soul City in the development of the draft liquor policy in Gauteng.

"Soul City has demonstrated on numerous occasions that it is unambiguously anti-alcohol and anti-industry."

He said Soul City had been put in a position where it could determine the outcome of the consultations with interested parties.

"Traditionally, policy advisers to government are independent subject matter experts who are unbiased."

He said this was not the case in the present round of policy formulation regarding liquor.

Economic development department spokesperson Mandla Sidu said people had been invited to comment on the draft policy.

"The draft policy reached a consultation stage and we held public hearings where people commented on the draft policy. It is not true that the process was not inclusive."

Soul City could not be immediately reached for comment.

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