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Liquor Bill Approved for Public Consultation

Posted on September 19, 2016

Pretoria – Cabinet has approved the publication of the National Liquor Amendment Bill of 2016 for wider public consultation, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, said on Thursday. Briefing media following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting, Minister Radebe said the bill amends the National Liquor Act of 2003. “This was approved together… Read more »



Beverage companies in the wake of Brexit

Posted on July 7, 2016

The full effect of the UK’s departure will be difficult to predict. One of the most notable short-term implications has been the marked devaluation of the British pound, while the need to negotiate trade agreements – and the uncertainty that this creates for everyone – looms in the longer term. This will have critical implications… Read more »



SA Wine and Brandy Portal launched

Posted on February 4, 2016

The SA Wine and Brandy Portal was launched at the VinPro information day on Thursday, 21 January 2016.   Click here for more information.



WineBiz desk launched

Posted on October 19, 2015

WineBiz desk launched – boosting Government collaboration  In a step towards enhancing collaboration with government, the South African wine and brandy industry will launch the WineBiz desk, with a dedicated stakeholder manager, in November. The new strategic service will operate under the auspices of the industry organisations VinPro and SALBA (South African Liquor Brand owners Association),… Read more »



Shoprite cannot sell wine on shelves in Eastern Cape

Posted on July 1, 2015

By a narrow majority, the Constitutional Court on Tuesday decided that a licence to sell wine alongside other groceries was “property” in terms of the Constitution.The finding was cold comfort for Shoprite Checkers, which lost the case and will not be able to sell wine on its shelves in the Eastern Cape. But the judgment… Read more »



State makes rapid BEE policy reversal

Posted on May 26, 2015

THE Department of Trade and Industry has made one of the quickest reversals in government policy making to date. After casually introducing a “clarification” on Tuesday that dramatically altered both the substance and value of broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE), and which would have affected the standing of about 80% of deals done to date,… Read more »



SA Wine Industry Raises its GDP Contribution, Generates More Jobs

Posted on February 4, 2015

A new report shows that South Africa’s wine industry not only continues to increase its contribution to the country’s GDP but is also growing job opportunities. This is despite the impact of a muted global economy and a slight decrease in the size of the national vineyard. The industry, that remains one of South Africa’s… Read more »



Leading Producers of Beer, Wine, and Spirits Launch Digital Guiding Principles

Posted on October 13, 2014

Standards for digital marketing mark milestone of Commitments to Reduce Harmful Drinking:  New York, NY –September 30, 2014 – Thirteen of the world’s leading producers of beer, wine, and spirits launched today the Digital Guiding Principles (DGPs), the first-ever set of global guidelines for beverage alcohol producers’ online marketing and social media use. The DGPs require… Read more »



Wine Alcohol Percentages

Posted on September 17, 2014

Notices have been provided to inform industry stakeholders of the reduction in the minimum alcohol content on certain wine tariff lines from a minimum of 6.5% to 4.5%. The percentage band has been extended to a maximum alcohol content of up to 16.5%. The amendment thus brings more wine products under the ambit of 20… Read more »



Media Statement: Department of Labour

Posted on July 24, 2014

Department of Labour urges employers to comply with the new equity laws. The Department of Labour has called on employers to abide by the freshly-amended employment equity Act in the interest of business and transformation in the country. This followed the signing into law by President Jacob Zuma earlier this week. The law will however… Read more »



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