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‘Approach to liquor regulations not yielding drastic consumption reduction’

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says the level of alcohol abuse is still very high.

FILE: Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says the approach to liquor regulations so far has not yielded drastic consumption reduction which indirectly costs the country about R39 billion annually.

The minister says the level of alcohol abuse is still very high and the consequences to those who sell it illegally aren’t stringent enough.

Trade and industry is hosting a Liquor Amendment Bill indaba in Gauteng on Monday to discuss the recommendations made by stakeholders in better handling the misuse of alcohol.

Davies says he is inviting not only industry players but the broader public to attend and make their submissions at the events that will be held in Kempton Park.

“It costs government and public services something like R39 billion a year which is R39 billion that we could be spending on higher education.”

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