What The New Liquor Law Means For Capetonians

The following liquor laws will take effect in Cape Town on April 1. The laws will vary depending on the municipality, according to Danie Cronje who is a Director of Liquor Law Services at Stellenbosch firm Cluver Markotter Inc. 

Once these laws take effect, you may need to change your alcohol purchasing patterns a fair bit, and if you’re a wine collector, you will most probably become a criminal.

Food24 reports:

  • No alcohol can be sold for off-consumption (ie to take home) on Sundays, except for wineries. In addition to high rents, this is one of the reasons given by Caroline Rillema for closing her Waterfront store, which previously was able to trade on Sundays. Green Point Ultra Liquors, Harley’s in Wale Street, Midmar in Green Point will all now close on Sundays.
  • No alcohol can be sold for off-consumption after 6pm on weekdays. Anyone who previously enjoyed a tasting and shopping session at Wine Concepts, Woolies or Vino Pronto on their way home – sorry.
  • No sale of more than 150 litres of alcohol to any one person unless they have a liquor licence or special permission from the Chairman of the Liquor Board. Buying for your daughter’s engagement party or your Mom’s 60th birthday? Better start limiting your guests. And even if you buy it…….
  • No-one may keep more than 150 litres of wine in their home without a liquor licence. That’s 200 bottles folks. And that’s it.
  • No drinking alcohol in vehicles – not even if you are sitting in the back of a minibus and have a 100% sober driver. Makes a bit of a mockery of responsible people having a designated driver doesn’t it?
  • No drinking at school functions ever. This applies even if the function is held away from school grounds and on a licenced premises – if it is the school organising the function, they are breaking the law.