WSLM engages James Calata community in liquor trading hours review

Story: Phumla Ngubo | Photo: Phumla Ngubo

The Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (WSLM) remains committed to actively engaging with the community and ensure compliance with legal requirements. They have started public hearings to review the rules governing liquor trading hours in their area. These meetings, including the latest one held in James Calata, show the municipality's commitment to listening to local concerns and being inclusive.

Choosing James Calata for these hearings highlights the municipality's dedication to understanding the diverse needs and opinions of its residents and stakeholders. They want to directly involve the community most affected by any potential changes to liquor trading regulations.

At the core of this effort is the recognition of the importance of community input in shaping policies that impact people's daily lives. By offering a platform for discussion and cooperation, the municipality aims to foster a sense of ownership and responsibility among residents, liquor traders, and others involved.

One major reason for revisiting liquor trading hours is to address concerns raised by different parts of the community. Both liquor traders and residents have expressed dissatisfaction with the current rules, saying they're too rigid and negatively affect businesses and social life.

For liquor traders, the current hours may limit their ability to operate successfully. Adjusting these hours could give them more flexibility while still meeting regulatory standards and community needs. On the other hand, residents are worried about issues like noise, disturbances, and public safety linked to late-night trading.

Through these public hearings, WSLM aims to find a balance between the interests of various stakeholders while fulfilling its duty to support community well-being and harmony. They want to develop practical and responsive rules that fit James Calata's unique context and its people's needs.

This review process is not just paperwork; it is a real example of democratic governance in action. It shows a commitment to involving everyone in decision-making about local policies and rules.

As these hearings continue, it is crucial for all stakeholders to get involved, sharing their views and concerns respectfully. By working together, the municipality and the James Calata community can find solutions that encourage responsible alcohol use, help local businesses, and improve residents' quality of life.