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shutterstock_58055524VinPro had a productive, sometimes heated, engagement with the Western Cape Government and the Western Cape Liquor Authority, around the proposed alcohol-related harms reduction policy – green paper. Public comments to be sent directly to alcohol.greenpaper@westerncape.gov.za, by 30 November 2016.

The Liquor Industry also had a full-day workshop on the draft Liquor Amendment Bill. The closing date has been extended to 15 November 2016. Public comments to be sent directly to Ms Nkoe Ramphele at NRamphele@thedti.gov.za.

As Liquor Industry we are now in the midst of analysing our formal proposal – during August 2015 – with one eye on our previous comments and motivation. The focus is now on the core elements which include a harm reduction fund, marketing of alcohol beverages, legal drinking age, zoning, extended liability, transformation, direct engagement with the powers that be, and to build a sound proposal.

 Although we (SALBA, VinPro, SAB, Diageo, Heineken, Wine Route Forums) will submit a formal Liquor Industry Proposal, on behalf of our respective members, the ‘wine family’ of  almost 3 500 grape producers, 550 wine cellars and 23 liquor brand owners, must also please respond in its own capacity. 

-Christo Conradie, VinPro

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