The South African Liquor Brand Owners Association (Salba) has criticised the government’s inadequate socioeconomic impact assessment of the draft Liquor Amendment Bill because of its failure to quantify the effect on jobs and the economy. The bill is due to be discussed on Thursday by the social partners in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) but Salba spokesperson Sibani Mngadi said on Wednesday that "the vagueness of the impact study submitted by the Department of Trade and Industry limits the ability of Nedlac social partners to engage meaningfully with the proposed amendments to the Liquor Act. "Unfortunately, the study does not include even a single figure quantifying the impact of the amendments on the local economy, including potential revenue and job losses," Mngadi added. "The alcohol industry calls upon Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies to allow for a sufficient time for a proper, independent study to be conducted on the Liquor Amendment Bill...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.