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Study on the Socio – Economic Profile of Liquor Outlets in Limpopo

26 August 2014
12:30 - 13:30

Presenters:   Stewart Ngandu, Makale Ngwenya,  Yvonne Gwenhure and Jabulani Mathebula,  Economic Performance and Development, Human Sciences Research Council

: 26 August  2014

: 12H15 for 12h30  – 13H30  

Over the past few years, a lot of attention has been placed on the liquor industry in South Africa. Popular debate has focused on the negative outcomes of liquor consumption, with government currently considering legislation to ban alcohol advertising.

The study on the socioeconomic profile of Liquor Outlets in Limpopo digresses from this by highlighting the socio-economic status of liquor outlets in the province. Regardless of the specific outcomes of these legislative processes, provincial liquor boards will still have the task of regulating liquor outlets. Their ability to effectively and efficiently do so is strongly influenced by the extent to which they understand the socio-economic profile of these outlets.

This study, the first of its kind in the province, contributes to the enhanced understanding of the extent to which liquor outlets contribute to the livelihood of their owners, the provincial economy at large and explores some regulatory issues. Some of the key findings include the role of liquor outlets in providing work opportunities that are linked to sustainable livelihoods, as there is a relatively large number of outlets that were started because the owner had lost previous employment.  The results indicate that liquor outlets are significant contributors to provincial employment, by being a source of an estimated 14,000 jobs.

Women are the principal beneficiaries of these work opportunities as they occupy 64% of all permanent positions, an estimated 9,010 female jobs in the province. With respect to record keeping and compliancy issues, there are generally poor levels of VAT and UIF compliance amongst liquor outlets, as well as poor record keeping, this suggests that liquor outlets in Limpopo are run on a fairly informal basis. These and other findings will be presented at the seminar and their regulatory implications will be highlighted.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban

Kindly RSVP by 25 August2014

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or, or Ray Adams, E-mail:  RAdams@hsrc,
Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or
Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria,  Happy Solomon, Tel: (012) 302 2368, e-mail: , or Charmaine Galante,