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the dti to Host National Liquor Authority Compliance Consultative Workshop

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will host a National Liquor Authority (NLA) compliance consultative workshop targeting manufacturers and distributors within the liquor industry, at the dti Campus in Pretoria on Wednesday 14 March 2018. The purpose of the workshop is to enhance compliance and raise awareness on the Liquor Act of 2003.

According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the consultative workshop will serve as a platform to ensure that appropriate education is provided to manufactures and distributors of liquor to foster responsible trading through compliance, enforcement and responsible licensing.

“The liquor business has always been perceived by South Africans as the easiest business to operate. Many role players do not understand the intricacies of this mode of business and as a result, there is high level of non-compliance within the liquor industry. Compliance to liquor laws is an integral part of transforming the industry and ensuring that it develops in a responsible manner,” says Davies.

Davies adds that priority objectives of the Liquor Act is to promote the development of a responsible and sustainable liquor industry in a manner that facilitates the entry of new participants, diversification of ownership and inculcating ethos of social responsibility.

The consultative workshop is mainly targeted at NLA registrants, macro manufactures, distributors, consultants and key stakeholders involved in the process of registration and enforcement such as the South African Police Service (SAPS), South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and other key departments.

“The regulation of liquor is a shared competency of both national and provincial government. Liquor authorities have a mandate to enforce compliance by manufacturers, distributors and retailers to mandatory conditions stipulated in their registrations and/or licences. Liquor manufactures and distributors have a responsibility and a legislative obligation to operate within the parameter of the legislation,” says Davies.

Topics that will be discussed at the consultative workshop include enhancing compliance methods and promoting responsibility by manufacturers and distributors to mandatory conditions stipulated in their registration, creating awareness and providing information on the general conditions of the Liquor Act.

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774
Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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