Acting Chief Executive Officer
The KwaZulu Natal Liquor Authority currently regulates
liquor licensing and control of the liquor industry through the provisions of
the KwaZulu Natal, Act 06 of 2010 as amended. Since the enactment of the
Constitution of South Africa, (No. 108 of 1996), the mandate to legislate on
retail and Micro-manufacturing liquor licensing is the exclusive legislative
competence of provinces
It is important to note that the previous legislation had
failed to address the economic imperatives associated with the liquor industry
and also failed to regulate and control the social economic impact of the act
on communities. Liquor licensing was also not perceived to be an economic
activity but merely became a compliance issue. This new Act, the KZN Liquor
Licensing Act 06 of 2010, addresses the shortcoming of the previous legislation
by installing measures that addresses proper regulation and control of the
liquor industry in terms of its economic contribution, whilst balancing the
social economic impact and its effect on communities.
The Liquor Authority is registered as a schedule 3C Public Entity
in terms of the Public Finance Management Act during the latter half of 2011.
The Public Entity is referred to as the KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Authority (KZNLA).
The Liquor Authority was established in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Liquor
Licensing Act, 2010 (Act. No. 06 of 2010). The Act sets out the objectives that
the Province wishes to achieve with regard to retail liquor licensing and micro
manufacturing. It also extends beyond the process of licensing and includes
objectives of balancing the congruent objectives of providing a stable social
environment against promoting the growth of the liquor industry.
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