New liquor law to damage Cape Town?

How much damage will Cape Town’s new Liquor Trading Days and Hours by-law do to restaurants and bars?

09 Sep 2010

Cape Town’s new Liquor Trading Days and Hours by-law, set to come in effect on 1 January 2011, has been slammed by The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa's Cape Town branch (Fedhasa Cape).

According to a story on the law states that liquor trading hours in business centres will run from 11:00 to 02:00 the following morning and trading hours in residential areas will be from 11:00 to 23:00.

A conviction from breaking the new law would carry a fine not exceeding R30 000, a prison term of up to three years, or both.

Hotels and bars to be most affected

Fedhasa Cape chairperson Dirk Elzinga told News24 that hotels, bars and restaurants around residential areas would mostly be affected by the new by-law. Elzinga said the hospitality industry will feel the economic affects, which in turn would impact negatively on the image of Cape Town as a tourist destination.

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Do you agree with Fedhasa – will the new laws damage Cape Town’s top tourist destination status?


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