The Gauteng Liquor Board (GLB) has announced a weekend pass on all traders of Liquor in Gauteng in preparation for the ruling African National Congress’s (ANC) annual birthday celebration.
In its “special dispensation liquor licenses”, or a weekend pass, the GLB relaxed its liquor trading times for licensed in-house liquor traders during the forthcoming weekend.
Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Development Lebogang Maile mentioned this on Tuesday, welcoming the board’s decision.
“Having consulted with the GLB, more particularly my interaction with the chairperson of the Liquor Authority, I am satisfied that there is legislative latitude to, albeit on a temporary basis, relax conditions and the trading regime applicable to all licensed ‘bona fide’ in-house liquor traders, in good standing with the Liquor Board, during the designated days,” Maile said in a statement, adding that the event was expected to contribute positively to the economy of the province, especially in the areas of tourism and hospitality.
Thousands of people are expected to flock to Gauteng to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the founding of the ANC, with the main event scheduled to take place on Sunday at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
Maile however, emphasized that the “weekend-pass” would be granted only to deserving liquor traders, to be determined by the Gauteng Liquor Board on a case-by-case basis.
He said all qualifying liquor traders should, before being granted the “weekend pass”, demonstrate commitment to partnering with relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of patrons and tourists.
Applicants for the “weekend pass” would also be required to provide the GLB with an undertaking that the premises would be gun-free and that the noise levels generated from the premises would not cause unacceptable disturbance or nuisance to neighbors.
It would be a further requirement that all qualifying licensees provide confirmation of appointed managers who would be answerable to the Gauteng Liquor Board.
Meanwhile, the ANC secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says the party will draw much attention in its 105 anniversary scheduled to take place at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium this weekend.
President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as leader of the governing party, will deliver the annual January 8 statement.