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Gauteng Liquor Forum on Sundays liquor ban

Gauteng overturns proposal to ban Sundays booze

The Gauteng Liquor Forum (GLF) welcomed the decision taken by the MEC of Economic Development, Nkosiphendule Kolisile, to overturn the proposed ban of the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

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Shebeen legacy

The legacy of shebeens in communities

The apartheid Liquor Act of 1927, which among other restrictions prohibited black people from selling or buying liquor, was responsible for the emergence of shebeens which became local institutions.

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Blue IQ and GEDA

Blue IQ and GEDA Merge

Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Nkosiphendule Kolisile,recently launched the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GDDA) — a merger between Blue IQ and the Gauteng Economic Development Agency.

Soweto Shebeen

Draft Shebeen Regulation

Liquor Industry Comment on the Draft Shebeen Regulation

Members GLF made an appeal to the MEC of Economic Development, Nkosipendule Kolisile, to put a moratorium on raiding of illegal shebeens in an effort to give operators a time to apply for Shebeen Licenses.

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IDC and BMF

Winners of IDC and BMF Business Plan Competition hailed

Xoliswa Qotyana won the maiden Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Business Plan Competition for the Greater Johannesburg region.

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Impact of red tape on business

Red tape hampers business and job creation

Over-regulation is one of the obstacles for small businesses to thrive and there’s a prospect for more control, interference and restrictions on business activities if the Business License Bill is promulgated.

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Gauteng Withdraws Sundays Ban

Gauteng withdraws proposal to ban Sundays sale of liquor

The Department of Economic Development in Gauteng withdraws the proposal to restrict the sale of liquor on Sundays.

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SA tourism booming

SA tourism creates entrepreneur and job opportunities

According to the Statistics SA, for the period ending December 2011, the direct tourism contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) went up by 5% to R84.3 billion in 2011.

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Illegal Traders

Police Nab Illegal Liquor Traders

During their recent crime fighting operations in Gauteng, Police closed down a total of 4 924 illegal liquor outlets, poured 52 000 litres of alcohol down the drain, confiscated 3 400 illegal firearms.

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Responsible Trading

Traders promote good drinking habit

It must be quite annoying to have to tolerate loud and obnoxious drunkards every evening. You know the ones who lean on your fence and urinate at every street corner in your neighbourhood.