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
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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Feb 19, 2019

Press release: Functions for school learners should be alcohol free

The stabbing of students at what was a gathering of school learners on Friday in Claremont highlights not only the need for stricter rules governing the awarding of special events licenses but, more importantly, making sure that school organized events are alcohol-free.

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How easy access to alcohol, and adverts, affect women in South Africa
Jan 30, 2019

How easy access to alcohol, and adverts, affect women in South Africa

Public health research suggests that concerns about alcohol advertising and accessibility warrant strong regulatory action.

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Is this the Bill the alcohol industry doesn't want you to see?
Oct 03, 2018

Is this the Bill the alcohol industry doesn't want you to see?

South Africa is one of the hardest drinking countries in the world, but legislation to stop it been under wraps for over five years.

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Oct 01, 2018

UNCESCR hears SAAPA submission on right to access to information and participation

Today the UN Commission on Economic, Social and Cultural rights will examine submissions by South African civil society organisations including one made by SAAPA on the right to access to information and the right to participate and be consulted on issues that affect South Africans.

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