Shebeens have been singled out by the Act, though the Act mentioned them briefly both in definitions and under miscellaneous matters.
Shebeen owners only cater for friends and neighbours these days as we cannot compete with chain store prices. We need to make a living too and our businesses are from hand to mouth these days.
Liquor traders in Ekurhuleni have once again found themselves in a very difficult situation – trading with permits but without having consent from the town planning department.
Draft norms and standards developed under the 2003 National Liquor Act, seek to address 'the socio-economic and other costs of alcohol abuse by reducing access to and the availability of liquor.
This is indeed embarrassing to all shebeeners who are expected to comply with the Act which does not acknowledge their very existence!
Liquor traders associations should also take the responsibility of educating their membership to understand the legislation including Acts, Bylaws and policies.
The outcome of the long-awaited judgement on the status of shebeens in Gauteng was delivered in the South Gauteng High Court on 1 November 2017, eight months after the matter was heard by the court.
The dignity and freedom of liquor traders in townships is non-existent. Week in and week out, their outlets are raided and their liquor seized without a trace, mainly by the South African Police Service.
The Gauteng Liquor Forum has taken an initiative to unite all Liquor Traders Associations to unite under one roof.
Dr Osborn Mahanjana joins the ARA after working as the director of corporate affairs and pricing at Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical, where he was responsible for the South Africa and Sub-Saharan region.