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
Feb 08, 2018

ASA rules that cider ad is misleading and not honest

The South African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) welcomes the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa’s ruling that found that TOPS SPAR Apple Cider advert

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Feb 05, 2018

Can Heineken become distribution support of health services and products without promoting itself?

The alcohol industry has done it yet again. DAVOS-2018, the platform for big business access to governments, was used to announce a partnership between the Global Fund (combatting HIV AIDS, TB and malaria) and brewing giant Heineken. Heineken – the very same company exposed in Olivier van Beemen’s book, Heineken in Africa, to have relationships with authoritarian governments, tax evasion, human rights violations and corruption will now provide logistical and communication support to the Global Fund.

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Fool Me Twice
Dec 12, 2017

Fool Me Twice

With tactics perfected by the tobacco industry over the last 50 years, multinational food, beverage and alcohol companies are working to deter, delay and derail policies that save millions of lives. Let's not be fooled again.

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Nov 02, 2017

Victory for the constitutional right to be consulted on alcohol trading within communities

Response to the judgement in the Johannesburg High Court on 1 November 2017 in the Gauteng Shebeen License Regulations case

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Sep 11, 2017

SAB cops flak over #SheLovesBeer campaign

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) has slammed South African Breweries (SAB) "She Loves Beer" campaign. While the campaign seeks to celebrate and promote women in the brewing industry, SAAPA is concerned that the campaign targets young women, particularly in light of the highest number of reported cases of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the world being registered in the Western and Eastern Cape.

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Sep 11, 2017

How much beer does a woman like?

On the eve of the world commemorating foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, SAB ironically chose to launch a “She loves beer” campaign.

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Aug 16, 2017

Proposed new liquor law needs revisiting

Anti-alcohol lobby groups are calling on the government to revisit stalled legislation on alcohol advertising.

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Aug 11, 2017

SAB slammed over Beer for Africa pack

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (Saapa) strongly condemned the latest marketing strategy.

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Aug 11, 2017

Health Promotion community wins as SAB is forced to backtrack

SAAPA, along with the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA), Sacowach and Schools of Public Health across South Africa voiced our strong concern about SAB’s use of hunger to market their products under the guide of donating the proceeds from sales of an 8-pack beers to Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa. Following public condemnation of this cynical exploitation of hunger to sell more beer, SAB had given notice that it has decided to withdraw their marketing of the “Beers for Africa” campaign.

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Aug 10, 2017

South African Schools of Public Health urges SAB to stop the marketing of “Beer for Africa” to feed hungry students

We are deeply concerned at the pairing, by South African Breweries (SAB), of a marketing strategy to sell more beer to an intervention to address hunger amongst university students in need.

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