SAB slams Gauteng politician

2011-06-01 20:22

Johannesburg - South African Breweries (SAB) is deeply concerned by comments reportedly made by Gauteng economic development MEC Qedani Mahlangu on Tuesday regarding the sale of liquor to unlicensed outlets.

"SAB does not sell liquor to unlicensed shebeens," the brewing group, part of SABMiller [JSE:SAB], said on Wednesday.

"SAB met with Ms Mahlangu in December last year to discuss a partnership to promote responsible trading in the liquor industry, and at no point did SAB indicate it sold liquor to unlicensed outlets.

"We are perplexed how Ms Mahlangu could have drawn that conclusion. SAB calls on her to correct these reported statements, which are without basis," the company said on Wednesday.

SAB added that it had a sophisticated computer system that prevented the sale of liquor to an outlet that did not have a valid licence or permit.

"No sales can take place outside this computer system. When an outlet requests vendor status with SAB, its licence or permit has to be provided and that licence or permit is then validated with the Liquor Board."

Vincent Maphai, SAB's corporate affairs and transformation director, said the company maintained its commitment to working with government and the authorities.

"During our meeting with Ms Mahlangu last December, it was jointly agreed that SAB and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development would work in partnership to promote responsible trading in the liquor industry in Gauteng. We remain committed to this partnership."

A key aspect of the partnership was to assist those unlicensed outlets that run their businesses responsibly to become legitimate licensed businesses, he added.

"SAB has long promoted the normalisation of the liquor industry. The company has a programme to assist targeted unlicensed outlets to become legitimate licensed businesses and normal members of the liquor trade."

  • Frank - 2011-06-01 21:34

    Give them a Bells, forget the beer

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-01 22:10

    "Crimina Injura" anyone? I hope i spelled that right.

      DeonL - 2011-06-02 13:38

      Without the first A, I think.

      Jakalas - 2011-06-02 15:44

      Crimen injuria

  • ilollipop - 2011-06-01 22:16

    Oh dear. Perhaps SAB could explain how their beer ends up in every shebeen in the country. Not just that, but their freezers and branding too. Come now. How does it happen? I have asked Helen Zille (when she was mayor) how the beer got in the shebeen, but she did not know.

      Mr.Faice - 2011-06-02 08:03

      epic fail

      Flinger - 2011-06-02 08:03


      Nthlarhi - 2011-06-02 08:35

      The shebeen owners buy the liquor in crates from the licensed bottle stores. SAB can't control such situation.

      Paulus - 2011-06-02 08:50

      it get distrubuted to shebeens downstream, from bulk suppliers, that buy from SAB. the problem in my opinion is not at SAB, but further downstream. it should be fairly easy for even a police constible, to track down the supplier of any shebeen

      JenniferL - 2011-06-02 09:02

      SAB beer ends up in unlicenced shebeens because the owners buy it from the local, licenced liquor store. Haven't you seen the bakkies and wheelbarrows queuing outside bottle stores the day before payday, stocking up for month or week end?

      KPActivities - 2011-06-02 09:06

      @ilollipop, the answer is quite easy, I stay in a very secluded spot and see how these guys operate. There is one large shebeen that orders from SAB/Brandhouse in big quantities, the smaller guys buy in bulk and don not need a license to buy. Even at the Cash and Carry in Hazyview you can buy with no license at very good prices.

  • Joe - 2011-06-02 04:01

    ANC politicians are nothing more than blundering FOOLS.

  • BigD - 2011-06-02 06:41

    She shoots from the hip. You must remember that when in power and you think something, then it must be true.

  • Manta - 2011-06-02 08:52

    You can not "jointly agree" with a ANC elected official.They will always stab you in the back.

  • Zakes - 2011-06-02 10:30

    Please Qedani leave my sbebeen across the street alone.I won"t go to church even if you pay me.Why you did not say these before elections?At least i don"t drink and drive i walk home cause it"s nearer.Viva SAB Viva.

  • Tunkisi - 2011-06-02 19:07

    How the hell does SAB sell to unlicensed taverns? Those guys get their beer from local outlets like makro, Trade centre, ect. SAB shouldn't waste their time trying to explain themselves to you.

  • Old Realist - 2011-06-21 11:50

    I think that there was probably a different conversation that has not been reported on! Probably a "Manyi" type conversation which went along the lines... The MEC: You need to establish how they are getting your products and I know a very good consultant who will give you an independent report which proves you are not doing this deliberately and it will cost so little - maybe R2 mil. To which SAB probably replied that she could stick her consultant in a dark place as they were pefectly aware of how the product got to the shebeens. As a result there was some unhappiness!

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