Socio-economic benefits are expected for the greater Knysna municipal area as a direct and indirect result of a new alcohol by-law that allows licensed premises to trade on Sundays and hours suitable to the hospitality industry.
Knysna Mayor Georlene Wolmarans said the Knysna Municipality By-law on Liquor Trading Days and Hours was promulgated in mid-December according to the Western Cape Liquor Act, Act 10 of 2010, Section 59(1), which provides for municipalities to determine their own trading days and hours for businesses licensed to sell alcohol, within their area of jurisdiction.
Ms Wolmarans explained that licenced businesses in areas where municipalities did not pass their own liquor trading by-laws by 31 March 2013, would then have to trade according to the stipulations of the Western Cape Liquor Act. These would allow licensed businesses selling liquor for consumption off the licensed premises to sell liquor on any day between 9am and 6pm, and licensed businesses selling liquor for consumption on the licensed premises on any day between 11am and 2am the next day (Knysna, however, has passed their own by-laws which allow bars to be open from 7.30am and bottle stores on Sundays – read more here).
“The hospitality and tourism sectors are major economic drivers in the Knysna municipal area, which was a major motivating factor for council in the determining of trading hours for licensed businesses. As host to several festivals, food and lifestyle events, and a range of outdoor and adventure activities, the greater Knysna area attracts visitors over weekends who then spend much needed money in venues and restaurants. By allowing suitable hours, legal local businesses are given opportunity to operate optimally yet within acceptable parameters that can be enforced by the South African Police Service (SAPS).
“Municipalities with their own hospitality-friendly by-laws are also more likely to attract tourism investors such as hotel groups and event sponsors. All these factors add to potential long term benefits including poverty alleviation, job creation and economic development,” said Ms Wolmarans.
The new licenced alcohol trading days and hours are immediately applicable. To discover how early you are encouraged to get drunk, view the hours here.