A collaborative initiative between seven Southern African countries, the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance, SAAPA, is a network which aims to address the challenge of harmonising and accelerating alcohol policy development in the region.

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The aims of SAAPA are to:

  • Share knowledge and experiences of alcohol policy development
  • Share research and strategy on alcohol policy development
  • Respond to local challenges with lobbying for appropriate policy interventions
  • Identify common policies that can be lobbied for in all countries in the region
  • Lobby as a regional block at global level
Feb 23, 2017

Young people and alcohol advertising

Young people’s views on alcohol advertising, marketing and availability have a direct influence on drinking patterns and sexual behaviour in society, say researchers who addressed a media briefing hosted by the Soul City Institute for Social Justice today.

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Jan 19, 2017

New study: Alcohol marketing in Africa violates industry’s own marketing codes

More than a fourth of all monitored alcohol advertisements violated the industry’s own marketing codes, concludes a study covering seven African countries. Stronger government regulation of alcohol marketing is needed.

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Jan 10, 2017

Current controls on alcohol marketing are not protecting youth, warn public health experts

Leading public health experts warn that youth around the world are exposed to extensive alcohol marketing. Current controls on that marketing appear ineffective in blocking the association between youth exposure and subsequent drinking. This is documented in a Supplement of the prestigious scientific journal Addiction.

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Nov 11, 2016

Liquor bill must be embraced

Government’s determination when it took on tobacco is what’s needed to deal with alcohol and its social problems IT WAS deeply disappointing to read in the media recently that the two major political parties have seemingly dismissed proposals in the Draft Liquor Amendment Bill, recently re‐ leased for public comment by the Department of Trade and In‐ dustry (DTI).

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Let’s stop alcohol producers attracting children
Oct 14, 2016

Let’s stop alcohol producers attracting children

Producers are packaging alcohol in ice lollies and boxes similar to fruit juices… who are they targeting? We call on the Western Cape to follow up on their concerns on “Mal Piet” …

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Let us have our say - release the Control of Alcohol Beverages Marketing Bill
Oct 14, 2016

Let us have our say - release the Control of Alcohol Beverages Marketing Bill

In September 2012, the cabinet approved the publication of Control of Alcohol Beverages Marketing Bill for public comments.

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Oct 14, 2016

South African Liquor Amendment Bill

Have your say on proposed restrictions on advertising of alcohol; trading zones, hours and days; licensing conditions and processes… submissions are due on the 30th October. Speak to your neighbours, come together and let your voice be heard…

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Oct 14, 2016

South African National Liquor Policy

SAAPA applauds the South African Government for adopting a progressive national liquor policy which provides the framework for introducing stricter advertising and marketing regulations; increasing liability of manufacturers, suppliers and traders; restricting trading hours; etc…

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Sep 22, 2016

Norwegian NGO campaign: Divest from the alcohol industry

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global has invested around 10 billion US Dollars in multinational alcohol corporations. “This has to stop”, is the message from a campaign by Norwegian civil society organisations that was launched in Oslo yesterday. The main claim of the campaign is that investing in alcohol companies is incompatible with the overarching goals of Norwegian development and foreign policies.

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Sep 19, 2016

FORUT granted Consultative Status at ECOSOC

“A very welcome decision which makes it possible to widen and strengthen FORUT’s collaboration with the United Nations”, says Secretary General of FORUT, Morten Lønstad, in a comment to the fact that FORUT has been granted Special Consultative Status at ECOSOC.

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