Liquor Products Amendment Act signed

Liquor Products Amendment Act signed
22 Sep 2021

President Ramaphosa has signed the Liquor Products Amendment Act.

Parliament passed the Liquor Products Amendment Bill and sent it to the president for assent in June 2021.

The bill was tabled in parliament in July 2016.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it to the national council of provinces for concurrence in October 2017.

The bill was passed by parliament and sent to the president for assent in June 2018.

President Ramaphosa sent the bill back to parliament for reconsideration in June 2020.

According to an earlier statement from the presidency, the bill should have been referred to the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) as the bill contains a new section on requirements regarding traditional African beer.

“The President’s view is based on the fact that traditional beer is an intrinsic part of a number of cultural practices. Customary practices require that the production and consumption of such beverages be effected in a particular manner.”

The president held the view that the bill will regulate how traditional beer is produced thereby affecting its production, distribution and consumption.

In March 2021, the bill was referred to the NHTL for comment.

The Liquor Products Amendment Act aims to amend the Liquor Products Act, 1989, so as to:

  • insert certain definitions and to amend and delete others;
  • provide for the renaming and reconstitution of the Wine and Spirit Board and to limit its powers;
  • provide for requirements regarding beer, traditional African beer and other fermented beverages;
  • repeal a provision in respect of the authorisations regarding certain alcoholic products;
  • empower the Minister to designate a person to issue export certificates;
  • align certain provisions with the Constitution;
  • extend the Minister’s power to make regulations;
  • provide gender-equal terminology; and
  • provide for matters connected therewith.

The act will come into effect on a date still to be determined by the president.

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