The Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment, and Tourism (LEDET) has issued a plea to liquor license holders, especially those located in close proximity to schools, urging them to significantly reduce the volume of their music during final examination periods for learners.
A growing number of schools within the province have submitted appeals to the Limpopo Liquor Board, seeking intervention to mitigate the disruptive impact of loud music emanating from neighboring taverns.
Zaid Kalla, the spokesperson for LEDET, expressed his concerns regarding the unfortunate proximity of such establishments to educational institutions.
“This issue has arisen because these establishments were granted licenses before the enactment of current laws mandating that liquor outlets be situated at least 500 meters away from schools, places of worship, recreational facilities, and rehabilitation centers,” explained Kalla.
Kalla underscored the department’s unwavering commitment to ensuring a disturbance-free environment for students, with the ultimate goal of achieving a higher matriculation pass rate.
“We treat the complaints received from schools and community members with the utmost seriousness. If a license holder is found guilty of contravening these regulations, the Limpopo Liquor Board reserves the right to either revoke the license or impose substantial amendments to the conditions of such a license,” he added.