The National Liquor Authority (NLA) is established in terms of the Liquor Act, 2003 (Act No. 59 of 2003) with jurisdiction throughout
the Republic of South Africa. The NLA is located within the Consumer and Corporate Regulation Division (CCRD) of the Department of Trade
and Industry (the dti).
Functions of the NLA
The NLA is charged with the responsibility of regulating the macro manufacturing and distribution tiers of the liquor industry by registering
macro manufacturers and distributors of liquor to trade.
The NLA educates internal and external stakeholders about the Act.
Empowers stakeholders with information on how to apply for registration at the NLA by capacitating trading associations with training and
creating general awareness of the effects of alcohol abuse.
Conduct inspections on premises and check suitability and compliance with the provisions of the Act.
Investigates complaints submitted in the prescribed form.
Monitors and enforces compliance with the Act.
Inspects any document that a person is required to maintain in terms of the Act.
Seize any liquor that appears to have been manufactured contrary to the provisions of the Act.
The core divisions of the NLA
Education and compliance
This division is charged with the responsibility to educate both
the internal and external stakeholders about the Act, the NLA and
its role as a regulatory body. Furthermore, the sub-unit empowers
stakeholders with information about
how to apply for registration with the NLA.
Deals with the processing of applications for macro manufacturing
and distribution of liquor.
Legal support and prosecution
This division is responsible for conducting inspections and
investigations to ensure compliance with the
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