Melville Residents' Association: Liquor Portfolio

Dear Community,

Please be advised that two applications for liquor licenses in the Melville area were lodged with the Gauteng Liquor Board.

One with trading hours until 4 am in the Meldene Centre with open verandas to Main Road, Mystic Bull – Application GLB 7000011024.  A copy of the application is available for download by clicking here.

Main Road is already burdened with a lot of noise, unruly car boot parties, spinning and drag racing. It also has a history with clubs such as Ballerz that ended up galvanising a community in defence of its right to a livable environment.

The property does not have the zoning permission for a club and should not be granted a liquor license for what is effectively a restaurant masquerading as a club. The plan clearly shows a stage that will host live events, this is in contravention of the property's current zoning and the proposed consent use has not been approved yet and over 50 objections were received by the land use portfolio to the consent use application.

Having had no interaction from the applicants to ensure that the community's rights will be safeguarded and that noise levels will be minimised, we strongly encourage all residents to object.

The other is at the already busy corner of 1st Avenue and 7th Street, with an open court yard, Spilt Milk – Application GLB 7000011011.  A copy of the application is available by clicking here.

The applicant for this liquor license has stated that they would approach the MRA if they would apply for a liquor license but have not done so

Further to this, the liquor board opted to in respect of the previous two liquor licenses applied for relating to portions of this property not to schedule a hearing on the request of the applicants, in complete disregard to the MRA's objections, thus overruling the rights of the residents to have their concerns mitigated by way of an agreement.

This should be kept in mind by concerned residents, who are encouraged to object.

The liquor board has now taken to ignoring objections.
We therefore urge all residents who are even slightly concerned to object and state that they request a hearing in their objection.

The deadline for objections to be lodged is 25 October 2018 – see the process below.

The MRA will, as is the practice lodge objections in an endeavour to liaise with the applicants who to date did not reach out to the MRA to engage. Please review the applications and if you feel it deems an objection you can do so in your personal capacity or in support of the MRA objection.

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

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

The Liquor Board requires a single copy of the objection (which must be hand delivered to their offices at Matloto House, 2nd Floor 124 Main Street, Johannesburg) however, to confirm receipt it would be prudent to take a second copy with to the Liquor Board and have both copies stamped as received. The second copy is your confirmation that the Liquor Board has received your objection.

The Melville Residents’ Association Committee will also assist the community if 2 copies of the objection are drop off with Melville Postnet (Corner of 1st Avenue & Main road) on or before 24 October 2018 @ 17:00, whereby a MRA representative will ensure delivery to the Liquor Board.

Once you have dropped off your objection at Postnet, please notify the MRA via

In additional to the copies to the Liquor board, a copy of the objection must be forwarded to the agent dealing with the application, delivered via email by the objector and not the MRA.

Agent for both Mystic Bull and Spilt Milk: Marius Blom -

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries regarding these applications.

Kind Regards,

MRA Liquor Portfolio
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