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We manage liquor licence applications for:

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We strive to expedite and streamline the liquor licence application process. To this end, we can assist with having your liquor licence approved with little or no delay. Furthermore, our top-class liquor licensing application services are provided at an affordable rate. Our experience with registrations and long standing relationships with the industry role players give us the competitive advantage in registering licences. Your application will be handled by an experienced legal team and your liquor licence registered efficiently.

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Simon Dippenaar

Simon Dippenaar

Founder & Managing Partner, SD Law

Liquor Licence Lawyer was created by Simon Dippenaar, who holds Bachelor of Business Science, Bachelor of Laws, and Professional Diploma in Legal Practice qualifications from the University of Cape Town. Simon is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Mr Dippenaar is also the contributing editor of He is also the founder and director of Simon Dippenaar & Associates, a private legal practice.

Marisa Janse van Vuuren

Marisa Janse van Vuuren

Liquor Licensing Specialist

Marisa obtained her LLB degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 2003 and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2005. She has 10 years exclusive experience in liquor licencing legislation. She assists with advice, opinions and applications in terms of the Western Cape Liquor Act as well as the National Liquor Act. She is also the Director of her own consultancy business, namely Liquor Law Advisors (Pty) Ltd. Marisa has a passion for assisting clients to achieve their goals. She is organized, has an eye for detail and put the client’s best interest first.

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Our courts need to send a consistent message about alcohol, consent and sexual violence

Reprinted from Women’s Agenda, by Caterina Giorgi – 2024-04-22

t was a judgement hailed as a huge step forward in the fight for sexual assault survivors to be believed by the justice system.

After the federal court ruled Network Ten had not defamed Bruce Lehrmann – finding on the balance of probabilities, their story that he raped Brittany Higgins was true – journalist Lisa Wilkinson said she hoped it would, “give strength to women around the country.”

While Justice Michael Lee’s ruling was trauma-informed and progressive, it also highlighted an uncomfortable truth about cultural attitudes that remain at the heart of our legal system.

In his 324-page judgement, alcohol was mentioned more than 33 times. It included a table of every drink Ms Higgins was thought to have consumed.

Why does this matter? Because if it had been a criminal trial – where the absence of consent has to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt – the victim’s level of intoxication may well have led to a different outcome.

Justice Lee’s determination provided a more nuanced discussion of alcohol’s involvement in sexual assault, stating that consent cannot be given if the victim is intoxicated.

However, this is not often the case in criminal trials. It remains common legal practice for a victim’s alcohol consumption to be weaponised against them by defence barristers, rather than presented as evidence of non-consent.

Indeed, the research shows that when alcohol use is disclosed, it’s often seen as detrimental to the victim’s case.

In Justice Lee’s determination, he cited a qualitative analysis of 102 Australian appellate court decisions involving conviction appeals from rape or sexual assault trials, which found that a victim’s evidence of their intoxication was more likely to impede rather than support the prosecution’s ability to prove non-consent.

Alcohol use is used to discredit a witness and suggest that consent was given, by implying inhibitions were lowered and memory impaired, meaning they cannot offer a reliable account.

Laws have been changed to address this outdated thinking, adding provisions to sexual offences that have tried to shift the significance of a complainant’s intoxication away from carrying an assumption of consent, towards it being evidence of non-consent.

In many Australian jurisdictions, a person cannot consent to sex if they are so affected by alcohol that they are incapable of consenting.

But these legislative advances have not resulted in widespread changes in how courts actually deal with alcohol use in determinations of sexual assault cases.

Some women are discouraged from even pursuing criminal charges if they were drinking during the time of their assault.

A Four Corners investigation late last year highlighted the case of rape survivor, Bec, who was told by Tasmanian police that because she could not fully remember her assault – and because she did not look “too intoxicated” on CCTV footage as she left the bar she could be viewed as having given consent.

Laws are only as good as the system that enforces them. If attitudes in legal and law enforcement circles remain mired in archaic perceptions of the “perfect witness”, change will continue to move at a glacial pace.

And we must see change because we know the problem is far reaching.

Figures released this month from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed that almost half of the nearly 350,000 women in 2021-22, who had experienced male perpetrated sexual assault in the previous decade, believed alcohol or another substance was a contributing factor.

It is also the most common drug used in drink spiking. And The Alcohol/Drug-Involved Family Violence in Australia project found alcohol was involved in around one in three incidents of intimate partner violence.

If we want to contribute to the prevention of sexual assault and ensure that justice is served for survivors, the judicial system needs to be unequivocal in how it deals with alcohol use.

A survivor should not be blamed or deemed to have consented if they are so intoxicated that they were unable to consent.

We need to educate the community on the link between alcohol and sexual violence, and it starts with the courts sending a clear and consistent message about consent.

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WCLA issues nearly R7m in fines to Western Cape liquor outlets

Reprinted from Cape Town etc., by Ilze-Mari van Zyl – 2024-02-15

The Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) issued 169 fines amounting to nearly R7 million to licensed liquor outlets across the province between November 2022 and November 2023.

The total number of fines amounted to R6 990 000, of which 49 totalling R2 100 000 were issued to licence holders in the priority areas.

Furthermore, a total of 6 112 inspections were conducted, of which 3 771 (61%) occurred in priority areas. According to the Western Cape Government, 83 non-compliance reports were submitted, of which 50 or nearly 70%, were derived from priority areas.

These notices range from:

  • Failing to comply with the conditions of the licence
  • Failing to comply with the Western Cape Liquor Act
  • Compliance notices

The priority areas include:

  • Atlantis
  • Bishop Lavis
  • Delft
  • Khayelitsha
  • Kraaifontein
  • Mfuleni
  • Mitchells Plain
  • Nyanga
  • Harare
  • Gugulethu and Philippi (Hanover Park).
  • Across the five district municipalities, the areas include Beaufort West (Central Karoo), George (Garden Route), Witzenberg, (Cape Winelands), Swartland (West Coast) and Theewaterskloof (Overberg) Municipalities.

‘The continued work of the WCLA is critical to combat the harms associated with the abuse of alcohol. I am encouraged by the operations of the inspectors, as we have seen where [outlets are operating] outside the parameters of the law, further and avoidable acts of lawlessness tend to occur,’ says Reagen Allen, the Western Cape’s MEC of police oversight and community safety.

He adds that during the July to September 2023 period, 16 people were killed, 12 attempted murders were recorded, six alleged rapes were reported and 119 cases of grievous bodily harm occurred at liquor outlets.

‘It is deeply concerning to note that the majority of the non-compliance reports come from priority areas. I encourage the inspectors to maintain their level of scrutiny, as this will assist in combatting crime that might be linked to the misuse of liquor.’

‘Furthermore, I urge liquor traders to adhere to and comply with their licensing conditions, as this will ensure that they remain profitable, continue to create jobs, and not contribute to any criminal activity.’

‘We all have a role to play in creating safer communities and we urge businesses to work with us to reach our goals.’

Help with your liquor licence

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Cops discover fake booze distillery in Khayelitsha

Reprinted from, by Byron Lukas – 2024-01-08

Cape Town – Cape Town law enforcement officers cracked down on an illegal distillery in Khayelitsha where people were allegedly dealing in, and manufacturing, alcohol.

Law Enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason said the officers were out on patrol in the area on Friday when they came across the goods.

“The vehicle seemed heavily loaded but had only two occupants, which seemed odd and raised the suspicion of the officers.”

According to Dyason, after officers stopped and searched the vehicle they found eight 25-litre sealed canisters containing what they thought were chemicals.

“The driver claimed it was water. The officers then took the vehicle to Harare SAPS and went with the two suspects to their residence,” he said.

At the property, the officers discovered several bottles of various alcohol brands like Old Buck Gin, Gordon’s Gin, Jameson Whiskey and Smirnoff Vodka. The officers also found empty boxes of Gordon’s Gin bottles, bottle caps and stickers as well as 17 sealed 25-litre canisters containing chemicals.

Nine large canvas bags of empty Old Buck and Gordon’s Gin 750ml bottles, Gordon’s Gin cardboard boxes and R2750 in cash were also discovered.

Dyason confirmed that both suspects were arrested and charged under the Liquor Act.

“Both suspects were detained at Harare SAPS and charged with dealing in liquor without a liquor licence, and manufacturing and bottling of alcohol without a liquor licence. All charges are under the Liquor Act,” he said.

Help with your liquor licence

If your liquor licence application renewal is outstanding we can help you with submission and the correct documentation. We can handle objections and manage any compliance issues. Get legal help with your liquor licence application here.  

Further reading:

Strategies for combating illicit trade in the liquor industry

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