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 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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Apr 17, 2019

SAAPA applaudes WHO's prioritisation of public health

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) applauds the WHO for its global leadership in prioritising the promotion of public health. In particular, SAAPA welcomes the WHO’s recent ground-breaking announcement that, in the process of developing its policies and implementing its programmes, it will not consult with or enter into partnerships with the alcohol industry.

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Mar 06, 2019

Press Release: Is the evidence enough to move to government to act?

SAAPA SA urges the government to immediately respond by reviewing the alcohol tax regime so as to reduce alcohol-related harm and its impact on the fiscus, as suggested by Professor Van Walbeek from UCT School of Economics.

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Feb 21, 2019

Press release: Alcohol taxes – too little to be effective

Cape Town and Johannesburg were ranked number three and number five in a 2018 Deutsche Bank study of the 50 cities with the cheapest beer. The increase of 12 cents will probably make our cities the number 1 in the world for the cheapest beer! And the budget speech said nothing about the social and economic impact of alcohol-related harm.

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