Melville Residents' Association

Dear Melville Community,

Please be advised that another application for a liquor licence in the Melville area was lodged with the Gauteng Liquor Board.

This application is for a Pub licence at 27Boxes for The Countess.

It has been operating for a while. Most of you know it has not been an easy experience with the accompanying noise due to unlawful activities, events hosted, and the traffic congestion/entirely blocking of 4th Ave at times. The current owners took over in February 2022.

Note a pub license means the business does not have to provide a meal with any alcohol – alcohol will thus be the main focus. This is not unique to The Countess.

Residents who are concerned about these issues are encouraged to object – the Gauteng Liquor Board has the authority to decline a licence.

The MRA will, as is the practice, lodge an objection – in this instance specifically as the application is flawed, the premises don’t allow for a pub, neither does the lease agreement, no compliance to prescriptive conditions for applications, and other defects in the application.

The deadline for objections to be lodged is 27 May 2022.

Please review the application and if you feel it deems an objection you can do so in your personal capacity.

Those wishing to object must do so in writing, addressed to the Gauteng Liquor Board and not the Melville Residents’ Association.

The draft objection of the MRA in respect of The Countess can be found here:


  • Ensure that you supply your details correctly and
  • that the objection is signed and dated

In view of COVID-19, please email your objection to the Liquor Board latest 27 May 2022 to

Refer to the relevant application, The Countess Application No. GLB 7000015470.

Please copy the agent, Mr MS Ndlovu, on
and the MRA on

You are welcome to contact the MRA Liquor Portfolio at should you have any concerns. 

MRA Executive Committee
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