Daily Archives: November 20, 2016

Northern Cape Illegal Liquor Traders Hit Hard By Inspection Blitz and Raids

A joint-operation encompassing of the National Liquor Authority (NLA) of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Northern Cape Liquor Board and the South African Police Service cracked down liquor outlets that were found to be illegal and non-compliant as per their licensing conditions. Liquor as well as fridges to the value of R200 000.00 were confiscated. This happened during an inspection blitz operation that took place over the weekend in the central business district of Kimberley, Galeshewe, Warrenton and Greenpoint.

The Manager for Compliance, Enforcement and Education Awareness at Northern Cape Liquor Board, Mr Mpho Bhunu expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the raids. He said it was fundamental for the stakeholders to sustain the operation.

“Fines were issued, some outlets closed and 40 dangerous weapons discovered when people were searched during the raids in Galeshewe. Six outlets were forced to close because they were trading beyond the hours of trade and two illegal shebeens were permanently shutdown,” said Bhunu.

He stated that the Northern Cape had seen a lot of alcohol abuse and illegal trading and therefore operations like this one and cooperation between all levels of government, private sector and the society at large were important.

According to Bhunu, Kimberly was battling with alcohol abuse, under age drinking, illegal trading, public drinking and violation of licence conditions by those who have liquor licences.

He emphasised that outlets that did not comply were issued with non-Compliance notices and were given 14 days to comply with the notices, failure to which will result in the licenses being withdrawn by the Liquor Board. The operation inspected seven distribution outlets, all of which complied with the Liquor Act 59 of 2003.

The Chief Director of the National Liquor Authority at the dti, Ms Prea Ramdhuny said the operation was intended to create awareness on substance and liquor abuse, conduct liquor enforcement operation in line with the national and provincial liquor legislation, and to monitor non-adherence to licence conditions and trading hours.

Ramdhuny said she was pleased with the results of the operation, but cited that it was important to sustain the operation.

“We are increasing efforts to eradicate illegal outlets that are destroying our communities with alcohol. The department is working closely with the police and Liquor Board within the province to address the challenge of alcohol abuse and illegal liquor trading,” added Ramdhuny.

Meanwhile the Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies will address the Liquor Indaba in Johannesburg tomorrow and engage stakeholders on the proposed National Liquor Amendment Bill. The state spends about R3.7 billion per annum on problems related to alcohol abuse. the dti has also extended the deadline for submissions and public comments on the till 30 November 2016 to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide more valuable inputs.

The National Liquor Amendment Bill 2016, was published on 30 September 2016, Gazette No. 40319 for broader public consultation.

Source: Department Of Trade and Industry

Southafricagazette.com 2016-11-20 00:00:00

President Zuma sends condolences to India

– President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India following a fatal train accident.

The fatal train accident, which happened in northern Uttar Pradesh on Sunday morning, has claimed a number of the lives and left many injured.

“Our thoughts are with the people of India in the aftermath of the derailing of the Patna-Indore Express near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh this morning.

“On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, I wish to send my deepest condolences to the government of India and to everyone affected, particularly the families and friends of those killed and injured,” said President Zuma.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Report of panel of advisors on national minimum wage to be released

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Sunday at the NEDLAC offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg, release the report of the Panel of Advisors appointed to advise NEDLAC on the level at which South Africa’s National Minimum Wage should be set.

This will be during National Economic Development and Labour Council’s (NEDLAC’s) Committee of Principals (COP) meeting comprising leaders of Labour, Business, Government and Communities and will include members of the Advisory Panel chaired by Professor Imraan Valodia.

The meeting of the COP on Sunday is expected to receive the Report of the Panel on National Minimum Wage and release it to the various constituencies of NEDLAC including Labour, Business, Government and Communities for discussion and ratification.

Expanding on this major development, Deputy President Ramaphosa said: “The report of the Panel will be tabled at the meeting. The report discusses or deals with what the National Minimum Wage for South Africa should be. It is a proposal and that proposal contains the figure, the magical figure that everybody has been waiting for will be out on Sunday.

“We will discuss it and we will then publicize it on Sunday and thereafter it will be discussed across the length and the breadth of the nation. It will also deal with the mechanics of how it is and once accepted, how it is going to work and how it will change over time and when it will be implemented”.

He said they will also be dealing with issues of labour stability, protracted strikes, violence during strike.

“Hopefully we will be able to finalise the agreement soon thereafter. These are just proposals but much more concrete proposals I must say, which will still need to be taken back to various social partners in their various components,” said Deputy President Ramaphosa.

The government will discuss it within government circles, cabinet as well, as well as the unions in their own executives.

“It is an exciting moment for all the social partners who have been involved in these discussions because we are now recording real meaningful progress; it is no longer just words, there is something concrete on the table now.”

Source: South African Government News Agency