Following President Ramaphosa’s national address on 14 December 2020, the latest regulations were issued in the Government Gazette on 15 December.
Although Vinpro is relieved about the President’s announcement regarding a special dispensation to wineries, there is some discrepancy between the Gazetted regulations and the announcement made with regard to the special dispensation for wineries in terms of trading hours.
According to the Government Gazette, wineries may only sell wine for off-consumption from Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 18:00, compared to the President’s announcement last night that they may trade during normal licenced hours, which would include Sundays, in line with the relevant local municipal by-laws.
A further implication of the Gazetted regulations is that wine cellars with a micro-manufacturer’s on- and off-consumption licence may also not present wine tastings on Sundays. Please refer to the following legal interpretation by Danie Cronjé Attorneys for further clarity.
With regard to public holidays, the technical legal interpretation is also at this stage that wineries may sell wine for off-consumption between the trading hours of 10:00 to 18:00 on 16, 25 and 26 December 2020 and 1 January 2021, which are all public holidays, but fall within the range of Monday to Saturday.
Vinpro is in the process of taking up these discrepancies with government at the highest level, inter alia through Premier Winde’s office, and will provide feedback to our members as soon as we have clarity on the President’s intention and communication, and the published official regulations.
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