The Sekhukhune Liquor Traders Association is concerned about the possibility of revoking liquor licenses from its members.
This follows a threat from the Limpopo department of economic development to revoke licenses of liquor establishments near schools.
The department of economic development, environment and tourism has called for controlled noise levels from liquor retailers that are close to schools.
Several complaints of loud music from these establishments during school hours have been received by the department.
It has been explained that noise, especially during the final examination days, cannot be tolerated.
Liquor traders shocked
Sello Mokwana, Sekhukhune Liquor Traders Association deputy chairperson, expressed shock and frustration.
He stated that the department always came to conclusions without consulting them first and that it was unfair of the department to consider confiscating licenses from liquor establishments playing loud music.
Unfair to small businesses
He pointed out the contradiction in the department’s actions and expressed the desire to meet with the department to resolve issues.
Not backing down
Mokwana added that the association is unhappy with the decision and they intend to address the matter.
He encouraged respect on both sides – respecting exam times for learners and respecting the operating hours of liquor establishments.
The departmental spokesperson has stated that they will not negotiate any solutions that do not show respect for the time needed by learners to write their exams.
The department has reminded license holders of their responsibilities to control their customers.
Customers are not allowed to purchase alcohol and consume it outside the establishment or cause a nuisance by playing loud music in their cars. The Limpopo Liquor Board will take action against violators.
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