JOHANNESBURG – THOUSANDS Â of shebeens across Gauteng face closure being Â if they don’t verify the details of their trading licences by the end of next month.
Shebeens play an essential role in South Africaâ€™s economy, raking in millions in both the formal and informal economies.
But nearly 10 000 of these establishments Â could be forced to close shop if they donâ€™t validate their licences
Media reports say with theÂ Â Gauteng Liquor Board says Â 9 500 Â businesses, including stores like Woolworths and Pick n Pay, could be forced to stop selling liquor, if they do not validate their licences.
The provincial department of economic development says it’s updating its records.
And trying to Â make sure that Â all liquor traders comply with the laws governing their businesses.
But itâ€™s not only small business owners in townships that could be shut down.
Liquor stores owned by retail giants such as Woolworths, Spar, Checkers and Pick n Pay are also accountable. Restaurant chains like News CafÃ© are also being targeted.