Leon Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation, explained briefly what the proposed amendments to the Liquor Bill would entail. If left the way it is currently, there will hardly be any new entrants to the liquor trade market.
The amendments don’t consider apartheid’s architecture of townships. For instance, it says there shall be no liquor business at least 500m from a sporting facility, place of worship, school or transport facility. Knowing how closely built township properties are, how many business operating currently will have to close down and how many will be shut out of the opportunities to even start?
The overall suggestion is that as communities, business owners, NGO’s, we should not take this lying down. We must challenge by making our voices heard. Either by writing letter to newspapers, calling Talk Shows, forming more structures to make others aware of the bill proposed amendments as it happened in the workshop.