The liquor industry wants to ramp up a programme in which it trains and funds community patrollers, 10 per selected police station, to check compliance with provincial liquor trade and disaster management regulations pertaining to on-consumption outlets. If problems are found, they will report this to the police and provincial liquor authorities. This initiative is now being incorporated in the liquor social compact being set up at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) with industry, government, labour and civil society.

The tavern patroller initiative (TPI) seems like good idea at first glance, but it does raise a number of issues...

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