Reminder for the renewal of liquor licences in the Eastern Cape for 2019-20

The period for the renewal of liquor licences in the Eastern Cape is drawing closer and Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) urges liquor traders to adhere to timeframes.

ECLB said in a statement it wishes to commend those liquor traders that have so far taken it upon themselves to ensure that they comply with conditions of their liquor licences and promptly renew their licences.

The legislation requires that liquor traders renew their liquor licences annually. The renewal period starts on October 1 until December 31 of each year.

Those who miss this deadline can still renew their licences in the months of January and February of the following year, but those who renew in January are charged a 50% late registration fee of the normal registration fee; and those who register in February are charged a 100% late registration fee.

“It is important to note those liquor traders who fail to renew their licences by February 28 will be deregistered and should they wish to trade again, they will be expected to undergo the same process of attaining liquor licence,” the ECLB statement said.

“It is important to note that those who continue to trade in spite of their liquor licences having not been renewed will be contravening the law, and necessary steps will be taken. In cases where they have not renewed by February 28, they immediately close down their businesses.”

ECLB said it was is pleased to report that in the previous year (2018/19) about 6,877 liquor traders renewed their licences,  which translates to 95% of renewals.

“The failure to renew licences has a debilitating effect on ECLB’s fight against the mushrooming of illegal taverns in the province as the majority of these liquor traders revert to illegal trading.”

To avoid de-registration of their liquor licences, liquor traders must ensure that they renew their licences so they can remain valid for the next financial year.

For more information contact Mgwebi Msiya on 060-501-6418 / (043) 700-0900 / Mgwebi.msiya@eclb.co.za

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