Thousands of Gauteng shebeens face closure

Thousands of Gauteng shebeens face closure

JOHANNESBURG – THOUSANDS  of shebeens across Gauteng face closure being  if they don’t verify the details of their trading licences by the end of next month.

Shebeens play an essential role in South Africa’s economy, raking in millions in both the formal and informal economies.

But nearly 10 000 of these establishments  could be forced to close shop if they don’t validate their licences

Media reports say with the  Gauteng Liquor Board says  9 500  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  make sure that  all liquor traders comply with the laws governing their businesses.
But it’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 Café are also being targeted.