A collaborative initiative between eight 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
Jun 04, 2020

Government said no to alcohol sales during lockdown but said yes to the industry’s money for years

Industry influence and government spats stalled regulations that could have curbed harmful alcohol use in South Africa nearly a decade ago.

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May 12, 2020

Support for alcohol sales restrictions

Alcohol is a legal drug and classified by the International Agency for Research on Alcohol as a group 1 carcinogen linked to 7 cancers, road crashes and interpersonal violence. As a professor of Community Medicine and Health Care at the University of Connecticut, Thomas Barbor has noted, alcohol is, therefore, ‘no ordinary commodity’ and requires effective regulation.

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[Video] Complaints against a liquor licence
May 11, 2020

[Video] Complaints against a liquor licence

Western Cape Liquor Authority has launched a video in three languages to explain how citizens can raise their concerns about any liquor trading.

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Feb 20, 2020

‘Our common duty is to learn to trust again’

We know what business and the trade unions think of SONA. We have heard what the other political parties have to say. But how have civil society organisations responded?

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Jan 28, 2020

The cold-blooded shooting of seven patrons in two Khayelitsha liquor outlets on Wednesday and Friday night last week

Following the cold-blooded shooting of seven patrons in two Khayelitsha liquor outlets on Wednesday and Friday night last week. The Khayelitsha Health Forum and the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance want the Liquor Authority to relook at the number of licenses to sell alcohol in Khayelitsha and they also want better policing and closing down of unlicensed outlets.

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Oct 03, 2019

End alcohol advertising in sport

Today organisations and countries across the world observe No Alcohol Day. WHO Afro region will also gather in Johannesburg to deliberate the implementation of the Global Alcohol Strategy of 2010 by countries on the continent. And across the oceans public health advocates and researchers are gathering in Melbourne to share emerging evidence on health outcomes where governments like Russia, Scotland and Thailand introduced regulatory measures.

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Sep 20, 2019

Press Release: #educationisnotenough

The President’s response to the link to alcohol and GBV is a step backward for the country.

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6th Global Alcohol Policy Conference: Dublin Castle, 9 - 11 March 2020
Aug 08, 2019

6th Global Alcohol Policy Conference: Dublin Castle, 9 - 11 March 2020

The Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) is the leading forum for the world's alcohol policy makers, advocates, researchers, civil society activists and practitioners.

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Jun 25, 2019

The 'nanny state' and free choice

When the new Constitution was drafted in post-apartheid South Africa, the notion of ‘free choice’ was integral to its framing. Not surprising, given the extent to which the apartheid government attempted to control every aspect of every South African’s life.

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Jun 25, 2019

Press release: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Alcohol the “legal” drug that costs South Africa billions

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