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WC draft liquor bill hearings begin this week

Residents, liquor consultants and licence holders are encouraged to have their say from Wednesday.

FILE: The changes to the draft bill have been in the works for some time. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The first round of public hearings on the draft liquor amendment bill will begin this week, the Western Cape Economic Development Department said on Monday.

Residents, liquor consultants and licence holders are encouraged to have their say on 11 proposed amendments from Wednesday.

The changes to the draft bill have been in the works for some time.

New proposals include clauses which are of particular concern to the industry.

Finance and Economic Development MEC Alan Winde says, "So three years ago, we passed a piece of legislation to manage the licencing and control of the sale of liquor."

He says the legislature is trying to fix unintended consequences created and amend legislation to make it better and more effective.

Public hearings will also be held in George and Saldanha.