The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) has commissioned a socioeconomic impact assessment of the Liquor Amendment Bill. There was widespread dissatisfaction with the impact assessment presented to the council by government because it did not quantify any of the likely effects of the controversial measures on jobs, advertising revenue and the industry. The government study was undertaken by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and while it conceded that the bill would result in a loss of advertising revenue and a loss of tax revenue for the state it did not attempt to calculate this cost. It also did not estimate the cost to the state of the harmful effects of alcohol abuse. The Department of Trade and Industry’s chief director of policy and legislation, MacDonald Netshitenzhe, said additional research would be undertaken but pointed out it would not replace the government’s socioeconomic impact assessment. The new study is to be undertaken by ...

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