SAAPA SA on Wednesday (01 September 2021) handed over the memorandum at the BP head office in Johannesburg.
The alliance shared a string of tweets urging BP to rethink its decision to sell
alcohol from its forecourt shops.
“SA don’t need the ‘convenience’ offer. Alcohol at petrol stations will contribute to an increase in drinking & then driving. 58% of drivers involved in car crashes test positive for alcohol.“
“Alcohol at petrol stations will contribute to an increase in drinking & then driving.”
“BP should stick to selling petrol. Selling alcohol from petrol stations will ‘normalise’ alcohol, even though only 31% of SAns drink.“
“Let’s protect children from more exposure to alcohol advertising. NO to petrol station shops having liquor licenses.“
In June 2021, BP together with Pick n Pay Express were granted Grocer’s Licence which allows them to sell wine.
The Pick n Pay Express store at BP Radiokop in the Westrand marks the first to offer wine on its shelves, with plans to roll out to more BP stores.
Per the SAAPA SA memorandum:
SAAPA SA has noted the awarding of a liquor licence to the Pick n Pay forecourt shop on the premises of a BP petrol station in Radiokop, Johannesburg. We have also noted the applications by forecourt shops at three more BP petrol stations in Gauteng and two in the Western Cape. In response to a set of questions from SAAPA SA and to requests for comment by the media, BP has made it clear that it intends to continue to pursue applying for such licences going forward.
SAAPA SA are aware that this is not happening in isolation from developments around the world. BP has applied for, and been awarded, similar licences in other parts of the world, sometimes in the face of fierce opposition from local communities e.g. the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and some states in the US. We are also aware that this forms part a general trend towards seeing forecourt shops as one-stop shopping destinations for people who are buying fuel.
You can read the entire published memorandum on saapa.net.