CTown liquor hearings begin next week

By Drum Digital
12 April 2013

Cape Town's public participation process relating to the liquor trading days and hours by-law begins next Friday, the city said

"The city calls on residents to comment on the... by-law, which [is] up for revision," Garreth Bloor, economic, environmental and spatial planning mayoral committee member said on Friday.

The city is reviewing certain aspects of the by-law relating specifically to the implementation of revised trading hours, and a Sunday prohibition on the sale of liquor from licensed premises.

This follows a request from the city council last month to consider and initiate amendments to the by-law.

The council recommended that off-site consumption be permitted on application by licence holders in certain categories, excluding local business and residential areas.

As it stands, the by-law states that licensed businesses may sell liquor for off-site consumption from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 6pm.

No liquor may be sold off-site on a Sunday, except for wineries, which can trade from their tasting rooms on that day.

-by Sapa

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