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18 AUGUST 2022

EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD TO LAUNCH THE PROVINCIAL ANTI-PENS
DOWN CAMPAIGN


Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) will launch an Anti Pens Down Campaign in
Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM), Dimbaza Township. As preparations for the end of the year examinations are in full swing, and the ECLB is extremely worried about the rapidly developing culture of ‘Pens Down’ events that are organised to celebrate the end of examinations. This campaign will be one of many initiatives to strengthen the fight against underage drinking in the province and ensuring the future of young people is safeguarded. ECLB seeks to mitigate the scourge of underage drinking and the ‘Pens Down’ culture that is a celebration of the end of examinations and is regrettably characterized by excessive consumption of alcohol that often results in very horrific incidents, such as the Enyobeni Tavern incident.

The launch will be used as a launchpad for a concerted campaign that will convey message on the dangers of underage drinking and discourage the culture of ‘’Pens Down” under the Theme “My Future Matters, Alcohol Must Wait”.

Details of the campaign are as follows:
Date: 19 October 2022
Time: 10h00 am

Board Members: Ms. N. Tys (Chairperson), Mr. M. Gobingca (Deputy Chairperson), Ms. B. Jojo CA (SA), Dr M. Mboto, Ms N. N. Nongogo, CEO: Dr N. Makala (D. Admin)
10 Beacon Bay Crossing, Bonza Bay Road, Beacon Bay, East London, 5247, P.O. Box 15147, Beacon Bay, 5205, Tel: +27 (0)43 700 0900

www.eclb.co.za • Complaints Toll Free line: 0800 000 420 • WhatsApp line: 076 403 6223

Venue: Dimbaza Moses Twebe Hall
For all enquiries you can contact ECLB Spokesperson Mgwebi Msiya at 0605016418
or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ISSUED BY: EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BAORD

EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD CAUTIONS LIQUOR TRADERS AGAINST THE USE OF LIQUOR LICENSES TO ORGANISE SPECIAL EVENTS WHERE THEY INVITE DJs TO PERFORM

The Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) has noted with great concern that some liquor traders use their liquor licences to organise special events, where DJs are invited to perform to patrons. This has potentially caused excessive public nuisance and noise pollution in our communities.

Secondly, DJ’s performance potentially attracts a huge amount of young people, which, if not appropriately regulated, may exacerbate underage drinking in our communities. Liquor traders are duly reminded that any special event where liquor is sold, is legislated for in terms of Section 20 (d) of the Eastern Cape Liquor Act, No 10 of 2003, which places certain requirements to apply for such occasions. Key among those requirements is the following:

  • The application form obtainable at ECLB offices,
  • Risk categorisation certificate issued by the Provincial SAPS Offices,
  • Noise pollution certificate from your relevant municipality,
  • Municipal concern for such event to take place.

Any event taking place within any establishment without formally lodging an application as contemplated in Section 20 (d) of the Act and approval granted by the Board, is deemed illegal and may lead to the Board taking drastic action against the owner/manager of such an establishment.

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

LEARNERS FROM MOTHERWELL SCHOOLS TO MARCH AGAINST SALE OF ALCOHOL TO UNDERAGE PERSONS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE NYOBENI TAVERN VICTIMS

Learners from the Motherwell high schools will conduct a march to hand over a petition to Police, ECLB, parents and liquor traders as a show of solidarity and fight against the liquor traders’ rampant tendency of selling alcohol to the underage persons.  This follows the recent tragic death of 21 young people at Enyobeni Tavern in East London.

The petition will seek to urge police to clamp down on the sale of alcohol to the underage persons and to take a decisive action against liquor traders who are involved in this distasteful behaviour.

The march is facilitated by learners who are ambassadors of the Eastern Cape Liquor Board from 11 Motherwell high schools. The learners have felt strongly that they must take an action against the scourge of underage drinking and prevent the Enyobeni incident from repeating itself elsewhere in the province.

This will be an opportunity to further urge other young people and members of the community to play a meaningful role in alleviating the plague of underage drinking.

The learners’ march will be joined by parents, community members, the clergy, and educators.

After the handing over of petition to the police station (Station Commander) learners will proceed to the community hall where a formal session will be held in honour of the 21 young people who perished at the Enyobeni Tavern. A candlelight will be conducted in remembrance of the deceased young people.

 

 

Details of the event:

Phase 1- March

Date: 20 July 2022

Time: 09h00

Venue: Vulumzi High School in Motherwell (March starting point)

Phase 2 – Engagement session

Date: 20 July 2022

Time: 10h00

Venue: Raymond Mhlaba Sports Center Motherwell

 

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

EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD REGRETS THE HORRIFIC DEATH OF 20 YOUNG PEOPLE AT A TAVERN IN EAST LONDON, EASTERN CAPE

The Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) is deeply pained by the untimely death of 20 young people at a tavern at Scenery Park in East London. The Board conveys its heartfelt condolences to families that have tragically lost their loved ones.

ECLB has also learnt with shock that some of the deceased are school-going and under the age of 18. The Board condemns this repugnant incident with the strongest possible terms. “As the Board, we have always been forthright in our condemnation and fight against the sale of alcohol to the underage. We have also consistently taken every necessary step against any liquor outlet that is found to have sold alcohol to the underage” said the Chief executive Officer Dr Nombuyiselo Makala.

Necessary steps are being taken to deal with this liquor outlet including the immediate revocation of the liquor license and laying criminal charges against the license holder for the blatant contravention of the Eastern Cape Liquor Act that clearly stipulates that no alcohol shall be sold to persons under the age of 18.

“We continue to urge communities to report to the ECLB or SAPS any suspicious practices by the liquor outlets within their proximity. To this effect, we have established a Toll—Free number (080 000 0420) and a WhatsApp number (076 403 6223) to enable communities to report cases of non-compliance including the sale of alcohol to the underage people”, said the CEO. 

Invariably, community members have a significant role to play in monitoring and reporting liquor outlets that wittingly or unwittingly flout the trading conditions.

For enquiries you can contact ECLB Spokesperson Mgwebi Msiya on 0605016418/ 043 7000 900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD STRONGLY CONDEMNS AN INCIDENT OF LEARNERS WHO WERE CAUGHT DRINKING ALCOHOL IN FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM

Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) deeply regrets and strongly condemns an incident where learners who were in full school uniform were caught consuming alcohol during school hours.


This was after an extremely disturbing video circulated on various social media platforms where learners are found enjoying themselves with Crackling bottles.


The learners are alleged to be from Wongalethu High School in Mdantsane and were caught by Mdantsane Schools’ Safety Forum at the Highway Shopping Centre. 


ECLB will investigate this unfortunate incident as a matter of urgency to establish exactly how the learners accessed liquor in full school uniform and a drastic action will be taken to curb this abhorrent behaviour by members of the community who sell alcohol to school children. 


ECLB views this tendency as one of the most serious contraventions of the law and will always be treated with the contempt it deserves.
 
Tomorrow (3 May 2022) at 09h30 Eastern Cape Liquor Board officials together with the Forum and the SAPS will visit the school in order to probe this matter and immediately take the necessary action.

For enquiries you can contact ECLB Spokesperson Mgwebi Msiya on 0605016418 Or Contact Senior Communication Officer, Pumlani Fani on 0605546950

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