Beer traders urged to be responsible or risk losing licenses
Director of Corporate Affairs for Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL), Tickey Pule last week warned beer traders to operate according to set regulations or risk losing their trading licences.
Speaking at a one day workshop at Thapama hotel meant to sensitise residents of Francistown and the surrounding areas to be responsible alcohol traders, Pule said government realised that some people were abusing alcohol hence the need to regulate its sale.
She said another objective of the workshop was to share ideas on how to trade on beer without endangering people’s lives.
“If we do not observe the law, we are surely going to lose our licence. Let’s build a Botswana which sells and drink alcohol responsible,” Pule told the gathering.
Also sharing his boss’s sentiments, John Kgomotso, the Cooperate Affairs manager said KBL and Botswana Breweries Limited (BBL) do not condone any abuse of their products.
“Any drinking that involves intoxication for an extended period of time carries potential for considerable social, psychological and physical harm and should be avoided,” Kgomotso said calling upon traders to help them fight alcoholism.
Meanwhile traders decried corruption amongst government officials when it comes to regulating and monitoring the sale of beer.
They said sometimes no action is taken against some people violating the stipulated rules and regulations on the sale of alcohol suggesting that they were working in cahoots with some government officers.
“Some drinking places operate abnormal hours and no action is taken against them but for us who have no friends within the system we always face hefty fines,” a concerned trader said calling for the law to be even.
The traders also called upon the government to consider barring wholesales from selling to individuals as its affects their business.
They said people buy beer from the wholesale at a cheaper price and come to their bars carrying it in cooler boxes only to make noise and not buying anything.