Struggles with applications for liquor licenses continue

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Gauteng restaurants, bars and tavern owners who need liquor licenses are struggling to submit their applications to the Gauteng Liquor Board (GLB) due to load shedding and a faulty generator.

Patrick Atkinson, the DA’s provincial spokesperson on economic development, says the DA has received numerous complaints about the submission of applications at the CAP’s office in downtown Johannesburg.

“A reliable source has informed the DA that there is a backlog of 600 applications at the CAP. Moreover, applicants going directly to the offices were turned away because the generator was not working.

“Applicants can also have no consultations if they have a query about their applications. The CAP does not hold any hearings either,” says Atkinson.

“This situation is worrying as it forces companies that want to stay within the framework of the law to do business illegally. Furthermore, the DA has been warning the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) for a long time now that load shedding has a negative effect on small businesses.”

RNews reported earlier that, according to the DA, it is now more important than ever that the government supports entrepreneurs by granting liquor licences; there are more than 2.5 million unemployed residents and more than 600 000 discouraged job seekers in Gauteng and this sector can help create job opportunities.

By not granting any new liquor licences, the formal economy is deprived of any chance of growth and this may result in a drop in the gross domestic product (GDP) in the province.

“The DA has already submitted questions to Tasneem Motara, the MEC for economic development in the Gauteng provincial legislature (GPL), to determine why the CAP does not have a functioning generator, why the offices are closed, and what solutions will be introduced to ensure that this situation is resolved,” says Atkinson.