WATCH: Mixed feelings about proposed mininum drinking age limit increase


Bloemfontein Courant asked the public, as well as some pub and bottle store owners, what they thought the Department of Trade and Industry’s plan to make amendments to the National Liquor Act.

The department has released a draft Liquor Amendment Bill for public comment with the means of delaying the introduction of alcohol to the youth.

It has proposed increasing the minimum legal age for purchasing and drinking alcohol from 18 to 21 years old.

A manager of a prominent Bloemfontein pub, who wished to remain anonymous, says she thinks it’s a good thing to extend the drinking age limit because 18- to 21-year-olds are not necessarily the world’s best decision makers.

However, if it comes into effect it might affect business negatively as the bulk of their customers fall under this age group.

Other proposals include trading and advertising restrictions, among others.

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Moeketsi Mogotsi/Courant News