For Immediate Release
13 September 2019
REMINDER FOR THE RENEWAL OF LIQUOR LICENSES FOR 2019/20 IN THE EASTERN CAPE
The period for the renewal of liquor licenses in the Eastern Cape is drawing closer and Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) urges liquor traders to adhere to timeframes. ECLB wishes to commend those liquor traders that have so far taken it upon themselves to ensure that they comply with conditions of their liquor licenses and promptly renew their liquor licenses.
The legislation requires that liquor traders renew their liquor licenses annually. The renewal period starts on October 1 until December 31 of each year, and those who miss this deadline can still renew their licenses in the months of January and February of the following year.
However, those who renew in January are charged a 50% late registration fee of the normal registration fee; and those who register in February are charged 100%.
It is important to note those liquor traders who fail to renew their licenses by the 28th of February will be deregistered and should they wish to trade again, they will be expected to undergo the same process of attaining liquor license. It is important to note that those who continue to trade in spite of their liquor licenses having not been renewed will be contravening the law, and necessary steps will be taken. In cases where they have not renewed by the 28 February, they immediately close down their businesses.
ECLB is delighted to report that in the previous year (2018/19) about 6877 liquor traders renewed their licenses and that translates to 95% of renewals. The failure to renew licenses has a debilitating effect on ECLB’s fight against the mushrooming of illegal taverns in the Province as the majority of these liquor traders revert to illegal trading.
To avoid de-registration of their liquor licenses, liquor traders must ensure that they renew their licenses so they can remain valid for the next financial year.
For more information contact Mgwebi Msiya
Eastern Cape Liquor Board
Shop 10 Bonza Bay Road
Beacon Bay Crossing