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MEDIA ALERT:MEC Plato join Liquor Authority on alcohol awareness drive-Atlantis

22 June 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Minister Plato join Liquor Authority on alcohol awareness drive in Atlantis

Tomorrow, Friday, 23 June 2017, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will join the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) in Atlantis in raising awareness around responsible alcohol consumption and alcohol harms.

The “Be Conscious” campaign of the WCLA in Atlantis tomorrow will see Minister Plato together with representatives of the Liquor Authority as well as the local municipal councillor embark on an educational outreach programme - going door-to-door and engaging the community on responsible alcohol consumption and how to report irresponsible liquor trading.

The outreach forms part of the Western Cape Government’s Alcohol Harms Reduction Game Changer which focusses on enforcing compliance with the Liquor Act, creating safer environments in and around the taverns as well as the broader community, offering recreational alternatives as well as providing alcohol harms related social services in targeted areas .

With the amended liquor regulations coming into effect on 1 July 2017 in the province, the WCLA liquor inspectors will be able to target illegal liquor outlets and report non-compliance to the police and the Department of Community Safety, monitored through the Alcohol Harms Reduction Game Changer.

The Western Cape Government is committed to going beyond compliance and monitoring towards the active disruption of the status quo. Alcohol related harms are destroying lives and hampering socio-economic development in many of our communities.

Most importantly, we want communities to become active participants in stopping alcohol abuse and making their neighbourhoods safer.

The message is clear: We can crack down on illegal and irresponsible liquor traders in our communities. We are enabling this through effective liquor regulation, a beefed-up Western Cape Liquor Authority supported by law enforcement agencies, and upcoming changes to the Western Cape Liquor Act.

We encourage citizens to play their part by reporting any illegal and irresponsible trading in their neighbourhoods to the Western Cape Liquor Authority.

There will be opportunities for photographs and interviews.



Date:              Friday, 23 June 2017

Time:               09:30 – Meet at SAPS in Atlantis

                        10:00 - Door-to-door awareness drive

Venue:           Atlantis Police Station, Next to Magistrate Court, Wesfleur Cir, Atlantis




Media Enquiries: 

Ewald Botha, Spokesperson for Minister Plato,

Cell: 079 694 1113