When President Mokweetsi Masisi and his Cabinet addressed the media on Wednesday, the hottest topic on the day was the extension of entertainment hours and the possible reduction of the alcohol levy.
To that end, he promised to work hand in hand with the entertainment and arts sector as well as the alcohol trade industry to seek to review the current policies. “We will continue to engage electorates before we decide. The consultation process has already began because we are trying to build a consensus,” he said.
Masisi was quick to highlight that there has to be empirical objective evidence before they can review the trading hours. He however ensured that they would alter the closing and opening hours at bars and other liquor trading centres. “We want to grow and promote the arts and creative sector.” Masisi said in addition to building more facilities, they would allow easier acquisition, ownership and development of entertainment arenas.
He said they have observed that there is hunger for this, but they will not do it out of malice. “We will not be reckless. We should expose that the
In addition, Minister of Health & Wellness Dr Alfred Madigele confirmed that the review of the alcohol levy is ongoing and the results will come out in three months. For his part, the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development Thapelo Olopeng said they will continue to allow bookings at stadiums for music festivals, but guidelines and restrictions still apply. He emphasised that bottles are still not allowed in these areas because they can be used as weapons.