Cape backs down on booze by-law
By the end of the year the City of Cape Town will consider applications from outlets, such as Woolworths, wanting to sell alcohol after 6pm and on Sundays. Cape Town - If it’s a 3am tipple you’re after your best bet, in terms of the City of Cape Town’s proposed new liquor trading by-law, is Cape Town International Airport which will be able to trade 24/7. But the good news for consumers who work late is that the city is taking a new look at the stringent trading hours it set out in its 2012 by-law, and by the end of the year will consider applications from outlets wanting to sell alcohol after 6pm and on Sundays.
It will also give the city’s law enforcement arm the authority to take action against the owners of unlicensed outlets. The city’s planning portfolio committee agreed on Tuesday at a special meeting that the by-law should be considered in tandem with policy to guide how the legislation should be implemented, as well as a new strategy to deal with substance abuse.
Chris O’Connor, of the technical task team responsible for drawing up the by-law, said: “We can’t rely on a by-law to address substance abuse. We also need a policy and a strategy.
The Steven Rom liquor outlet at the Palmhof Centre in Gardens complied with the new liquor legislation to stop retailing at 6pm. Various comments and suggestions have been considered by the planning committee and will be included in the draft of the new by-law which will be available for public comment from September.
Although the committee has heeded the call from the more than 600 respondents who took part in the first round of public participation in May, to allow extended trading hours and days, it refused to extend a 24-hour trading allowance to GrandWest casino. Councillor Dave Bryant said a large number of visitors to the casino, who had problems with gambling and alcohol, would sit there until all hours and would be a danger on the road.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Cape Argus