NCape may relax pub rules for SWC

2010-04-14 22:20

Bloemfontein - World Cup visitors to the Northern Cape might be able to buy alcohol until 02:00 in the interests of a "relaxed social atmosphere", if the province's economic development MEC gets his way.

"It is my intention to create circumstances conducive to a relaxed social atmosphere during the World Cup," economic development and tourism MEC John Block said in a statement on Wednesday.

He was considering amending the province's new Liquor Act to allow drinks to be sold until 02:00 in bars, restaurants, taverns and hotels.

The amendment, gazetted on April 7, came seven days after the province's new Liquor Act came into force, restricting the sale of liquor until midnight.

The department said the MEC had the power to amend the new provincial Liquor Act, if he was convinced it was in the public's interest during a special event.

"The Northern Cape will be hosting the team of Uruguay and I have therefore, in accordance with powers derived from the new Liquor Act, declared the period from 12 June 2010 until 11 July 2010 as a period during which trading hours for all on-consumption liquor outlets will be relaxed completely," he said in the statement.

The amendment would be introduced to the Northern Cape legislature urgently.

Alcohol-fuelled rapes

The announcement followed reports of tavern owners in Kimberley vowing to snub the new provincial Liquor Act, which prevents them from selling liquor after midnight.

Provincial authorities were of the opinion the new act would help curb escalating rates of alcohol-fuelled rapes and murders in the Northern Cape.

The provincial Liquor Traders Association however said it would force some of them to close shop. The association said business started to peak from 23:00, and if asked to close at midnight it would deal a serious blow to their businesses.

The new act prevents any shebeen, tavern, liquor store or outlet from operating beyond midnight in the province.

- SAPA
Read more on:    kimberley  |  2010 swc
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

3 sports games you have to watch this weekend

Whether it’s date night or a braai with buddies, plan around these three exciting sporting games!

 
 

Men24.com

Everyday struggles of naturally skinny guys
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
How to maintain your mo, bro
Hottie of the day: Colette

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off ALL TV Series

Choose from 1000’s of the hottest TV Series . While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

“To infinity and beyond”….. As the Sun and the Moon move into Sagittarius you are able to let go of the emotional intensity of the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.