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EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD EXTREMELY SHOCKED BY PENS DOWN PARTIES THAT ARE BEING PLANNED FOR THIS WEEKEND

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To: Journalists & Editors

01 December 2023

EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD EXTREMELY SHOCKED BY PENS DOWN PARTIES THAT ARE BEING PLANNED FOR THIS WEEKEND

Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) has learnt with shock and dismay about numerous Pens Down Parties that are being planned for this weekend, starting from today (Friday). This is extremely disheartening, and learners are urged to refrain from this abhorrent behaviour.

ECLB is closely monitoring various Social Media platforms where these parties are often advertised and has been able to detect the following planned Pens Down Parties as advertised on social media, with their venues and dates:

DATE

VENUE

01/12

West bank beach

01/12

Next to Mthatha stadium (Parking lot area)

02/12

KwaDubu, KwaMaqoma, Fort Beaufort

02/12

KwaBuziwe, Mdantsane

02/12

Kei Road Community Hall

 

Said the CEO, Dr Makala “We are cognisant of the fact that there is likely to be more parties being planned for this weekend across the province as today marks the end of examinations and we continue to monitor all the platforms so we can promptly track down these parties so that they can be thwarted.”

These reports have since been referred to SAPS and ECLB Inspectors so that a speedy action is taken to avert hosting of these parties.

Dr Makala added “It is hard to believe that our young people continue to engage in these unfortunate practices that have often proven to be very perilous, and I wish to point out that liquor outlets that will be used as venues for these parties will be dealt with mercilessly”.

Parents and members of the community are urged to be vigilant during this time and know whereabouts of their children and where these parties are suspected, they must be reported to the nearest police station or the Eastern Cape Liquor Board by calling Toll-Free Line 080 000 0420 or sending a WhatsApp message to 076 403 6223.

 

For any enquiries, please contact Mgwebi Msiya at 060 501 6418 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ENDS… Issued by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board

EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD URGES LEARNERS TO REFRAIN FROM PENS DOWN PARTIES AS MANY GRADES CONCLUDE EXAMINATIONS THIS WEEK

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For immediate release

29 November 2023

 

EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD URGES LEARNERS TO REFRAIN FROM PENS DOWN PARTIES AS MANY GRADES CONCLUDE EXAMINATIONS THIS WEEK

 

As the end-of-the-year examinations are coming to an end this week, Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) urges learners to refrain from any Pens Down parties that are largely characterised by excessive consumption of alcohol.

This week also marks the conclusion of this year's Eastern Cape Liquor Board’s Pens Down Campaign that was launched in October to raise awareness against the abhorrent and disastrous Pens Down culture.

As many grades are completing their examinations this week, there is a growing fear across the Eastern Cape that many learners may be organising the Pens Down parties.

“We wish to send a very strong warning to our learners never to organise the Pens Down parties so as to avoid eventualities similar to the Enyobeni Tavern incident”, said the CEO Dr Makala.

Dr Makala added, “Our stern warning also goes to all liquor traders to refrain from hosting these Pens Down parties in their establishments, and where a liquor trader is found to have permitted young people to arrange the parties in their outlets an immediate action will be taken against such a liquor trader. Our liquor inspectors working with SAPS have been deployed throughout the province to closely monitor liquor outlets that might be used for the Pens Down parties”.

Parents and members of the community are urged to be on the lookout for the movements and whereabouts of their children during this time and where these parties are suspected they must be reported to the nearest police station or the Eastern Cape Liquor Board by calling Toll-Free Line 080 000 0420 or sending a WhatsApp message to 076 403 6223.

Subsequent to a number of incidents that have occurred due to the Pens Down parties, ECLB is taking every necessary precaution to ensure that these parties are prevented from being organised. Instead, young people are encouraged to look for other means of celebrating the final examinations without indulging in alcohol.

 

For any enquiries, please contact Mgwebi Msiya at 060 501 6418 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Issued by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board

INVITATION TO THE SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD AND SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

Media Invite

Attention: Editors & Journalists

27 November 2023

 

INVITATION TO THE SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD AND SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

 

Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) Chief Executive Officer and Provincial South African Police Service Commissioner cordially invite media to the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ECLB and the SAPS. 

 

After many years of collaborating in promoting and enforcing compliance among liquor traders, ECLB and SAPS will be officially signing a MoU as a way of heightening their strategic partnership on the promotion of seamless regulation of liquor industry in the Eastern Cape, but also deepening their collective commitment to alleviation of non-compliance among liquor traders.

 

The signing of the MoU will take place against the backdrop of the largely looming Festive Season, which is often characterised by increasing cases of non-compliance among liquor traders and excessive consumption of alcohol by members of society.

 

Media are invited to this significant occasion that is scheduled to take place as follows:

 

Date:                                  28 November 2023

Time:                                 14h00 – 16h00

Venue:                Provincial SAPS Head Office, Zwelitsha, Blue Crane Boardroom

 

 

For any enquiries, please contact Mgwebi Msiya @ 060 501 6418 /This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  Colonel Mndi @082 301 7699/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Ends…

 

Issued by ECLB & SAPS

EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD DECRIES PENS DOWN PARTIES POSTERS/TICKETS THAT ARE CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS AS EXAMINATIONS ARE ABOUT TO CONCLUDE

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For immediate release

16 November 2023

EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD DECRIES PENS DOWN PARTIES POSTERS/TICKETS THAT ARE CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS AS EXAMINATIONS ARE ABOUT TO CONCLUDE

As the end-of-the-year examinations are soon coming to an end, Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) has learnt with shock and grave concern about posters that are circulating on social media platforms that market Pens Down parties to be hosted at the conclusion of the end-of-the-year examinations.   

As many grades will soon be finishing their examinations, there is a growing fear across the Eastern Cape that some learners may be organising Pens Down parties (Ukuhlamba Iphepha).

This fear is exacerbated by posters that are already circulating on various social media platforms that market Pens Down parties that are planned to be hosted to celebrate end of the examinations.

ECLB strongly condemns this detestable behaviour with the contempt it deserves and is working relentlessly to prevent these parties. Communities are urged to be extremely vigilant during this time to do everything possible to thwart these parties from being hosted.

“We wish to send a stern warning to our learners never to organise the Pens Down parties so as to avoid eventualities similar to the Enyobeni Tavern incident”, said the CEO Dr Makala.

Dr Makala added, “Our strong warning also goes to all liquor traders to refrain from hosting these Pens Down parties in their liquor outlets, and where a liquor trader is found to have permitted young people to arrange the parties in their outlets an immediate action will be taken against such a liquor trader. Our liquor inspectors working with SAPS will be closely monitoring liquor outlets that might be used for the Pens Down parties”.

Parents, civil society, community leaders and members of the community are urged to be on the lookout for the movements and whereabouts of children during this time and where these parties are suspected they must be reported to the nearest police station or the Eastern Cape Liquor Board by calling Toll-Free Line 080 000 0420 or sending a WhatsApp message to 076 403 6223.

Said Dr Makala, “In some instances, taxis transport young people to public places such as beaches and parks, and in this regard, we wish to urge our taxi owners and drivers to play a parental role in ensuring that they do not allow young people to carry and indulge in alcohol while in transit in their taxis.

Following myriad of regrettable incidents that have occurred due to the Pens Down parties, ECLB is taking every necessary precaution to ensure that these parties are prevented from being organised. Young people are encouraged to look for other means of celebrating the end of examinations without indulging in alcohol.

 

For any enquiries, please contact Mgwebi Msiya at 060 501 6418 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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ISSUED BY THE EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD

INVITATION TO THE PROVINCIAL LAUNCH OF EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD’S ANTI PENS DOWN CAMPAIGN

Media Invite

Attention: Editors & Journalists

17 October 2023

 

INVITATION TO THE PROVINCIAL LAUNCH OF EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD’S ANTI PENS DOWN CAMPAIGN

 

Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) cordially invites media to the official launch of Anti-Pens Down Campaign that will be held in Mdantsane at Indoor-Sports Centre. 

As the end-of-year examinations are about to commence, ECLB is intensifying its campaign that seeks to discourage the new culture of Pens Down Parties that learners organise at the end of the examinations.

These Pens Down parties are often characterised by excessively use of alcohol that exposes learners to danger that may culminate in fatality, as it was the case with the Enyobeni Tavern incident.

ECLB is extremely concerned with the recent in Pens Down parties that are being coordinated by learners to celebrate the end of the examinations. It has, therefore, become necessary for ECLB to embark on a concerted effort to raise awareness and educate learners about this abhorrent behaviour.

The launch will be led by the MEC Honourable Mvoko, office of the MEC for Department of Education Honourable Gadi, Office of the Executive Mayor of Buffalo City Metro, Faku, the Chairperson of Board of Directors Mr Gobingca and the Chief Executive Officer Dr Makala.

Details of the Launch are as follows:

 

Date:                                   19 October 2023

Time:                                 09h00

Venue:                              Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre

 

For any enquiries, please contact Mgwebi Msiya at 060 501 6418/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

Ends…

 

Issued by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board

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The function of the ECLB is to regulate the registration of retail sales and micro-manufacturing of liquor in the province

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