Limpopo Artists Movement Plans Picket Against New Liquor Regulations- Mega Artists Media

Limpopo Artists Movement Plans Picket Against New Liquor Regulations

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The Limpopo government has taken a step by enforcing the closure of liquor outlets and nightlife spots with liquor licenses after midnight from 1 August.

The Limpopo Artists Movement (LAM) says it engaged with members and took a resolution to pledge support to the National Liquor Traders Association.

LAM Provincial Chairperson Mphoza Mashabela says the movement is against new liquor regulations as this will affect artists’ income.

“Having just experienced Covid-19, we were hoping to work overtime and recover after the pandemic. Tavern or club are not just alcohol halls. They are also promoters booking artists to perform at their establishments. If the government says we must stop performing until 2 am, then they must give us a subsidy.”

“Also the spring season is upon us which is the bussiest period for our artist to make a living and work overtime. We are calling on Limpopo Artists to come together and fight this new liquor board legislation.”

According to Economic Development, Environment, and Tourism MEC Rodgers Monama, the new regulation from 1 August 2023 seeks to combat gender-based violence, child abuse, community instability, trauma incidents, rape, and other crimes associated with alcohol consumption.

“Regarding the issue of GBV, we have been working with various departments on programs that will deal with the problem and curb the scourge of crime, GBV, and violence. The government and the police are shifting the blame to our industry and not taking responsibility, ” responded Mashabale

The picket will take place on Tuesday, 08 August 2023, Polokwane High Court at 8 am.

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