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TELLING IT AS IT IS
n application for extended liquor trad-
ing hours in Retreat has been shot
down by the Protea Subcouncil.
In a unanimous vote, councillors gave the
application brought by Steenberg Liquors to
trade until 20:00 during weekdays and a re-
quest to trade onSundays, the thumbsdown.
According to the application, the store has
been feeling the pinch since trading hours
The applicant Heidi Hanekom raised con-
cerns about a loss of income for the store and
staff. She also said if they were allowed to
trade later, customers would not be forced
to go to illegal shebeens.
Strong objections to the application were
received from the SteenbergCommunity Po-
lice Forum (CPF) and the Langevlei Rate-
payers and Residents Civic Association.
Both emphasised the fining of the liquor
shop by Steenberg police.
However, the owners claimed this was a
misconception. In a letter to the Subcouncil
manager Brian Ford, the owners said they
had only been warned and not fined.
Ward councillor Jan Burger voiced his
concerns and said many of the social ills in
the area surrounding the establishment
The organisations who objected under-
stand the issues we are dealing with and I
cannot support this application, he said.
Questioned about the location of the store,
Burger explained it was a mixed-use area
consisting of businesses, residences, schools
and community buildings.
But councillors were not impressed and
said the current operating hours were suffi-
They denied the first application.
Considering the request to trade on Sun-
days, councillor Matthew Kempthorne said:
Burger said the issue of Sunday trading
was more complex as there were many ille-
He said authorities were struggling to
close down illegal establishments and these
owners were legal.
Butwhenwe consider the concerns of the
community, we have to refuse this applica-
tion, he said.
Councillor Penny East said her under-
standing was the amendments to the Liquor
Trading Hours Bylaw only made provision
for businesses in the hospitality industry to
apply for Sunday trade.
Burger added: Im not saying the prob-
lems in this community stem from this es-
tablishment, but we need to consider the im-
plications of allowing this business to trade
Hanekom says she will appeal the deci-
sion. She explainsher customers come to the
store after 17:00 as they return home from
The curbing of trading hours has had a
severe impact on our business and we had
to cut staff working hours resulting in a loss
of income for them, she says.
She explains she understood any liquor
outlet could apply to trade on Sundays.
There are many illegal shebeens who
dont even have liquor licences. We are re-
sponsible traders, she adds.
No to booze application
No toNo to boozebooze applapplicicationation
DENIED: An application for extended liquor trading hours by Steenberg Liquors, which is situated at the bottom of Hot Spots Sports Bar, has been denied. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL
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PROPERTY: RED TAPE CAUSES FRUSTRATION
Long wait for transfer
t can take up to a decade to have a council
house transferred to the name of a new
This means the trauma of losing a loved
one to death is amplified for the rest of a le-
gal tenants family, who fear eviction from
And while the transfer is tied up in red
tape, relativesmay be threatenedwith evic-
Avril Adams has been waiting six years
for the transfer of her home.
Mymother died years ago andwere still
waiting for the council house to be trans-
ferred to my stepfathers name. She lived
there for over 30 years. Ive lived in this
house all my life, she says.
The holdup has created several inconven-
iences for Adams. She is unable to open a
bank account, as she does not have a valid
proof of residence.
When the tenant of a council flat dies,
their spouse or children are eligible to take
over the lease, says Mayoral Committee
member for Human Settlements Tandeka
If more than one child is eligible to be
considered for the tenancy, then the final
decisionwill rest with the relevant commit-
tee of the City of Cape Town, she says.
Tenants must be South African citizens,
must be a registered applicant for accom-
modation, must not own property andmust
have a joint income of less than R10 000.
If the tenant of the house does not fall into
this category, the unlawful occupation poli-
cy will apply. The policy on unlawful occu-
pation is clear in that occupants in occupa-
tion prior to 1March 2006 can be considered
for regularisation if they comply in terms
of set criteria, she says.
Nowhazana Tokota fought for three years
to have a council house transferred into her
name, and was often threatened with evic-
I lived with an elderly woman who I
cared for. She informed the rent office that
I live with her and should get the house
when she dies, Tokota explains.
I was told: If its not in your name, we
have to kick you out.
Housing activist Jimmy Xalipi says a
number of families find themselves strug-
gling to change the name on their lease.
There are many other families in the
samesituation,where the residents arepay-
ing the rent but the house is not in the right
name, he says.
They havent beenmade the rightful ten-
ants. The longer these things take, themore
likely families are to lose documentation
proving they are entitled to live there, he
Another council house resident, who did
not want to be identified, says her family
has moved into the council house even
though she is paying rent. We live in a
lings live in thehouse.Because the leasehas
not been put into my name, Im not able to
ask them to move, she laments.
Gqada could not give a time-frame for
transfers of the contract.
The transfer of tenancy and not owner-
ship varies depending on the family situa-
tion and the procedure that has to be fol-
lowed in terms of the policy. There have
been some unavoidable delays; in some cas-
es this was because nominees failed to pro-
duce the required documents, she says.
HOUSING HASSLE: It can take up to 10 years to have a council home transferred from a deceased
tenant to the new lessee. PHOTO: FILE
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