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
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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Aug 02, 2017

Calls mount to boycott SAB's campaign against hunger

The South African Breweries, together with Stop Hunger Now SA, has launched a Beer for Africa eight-pack in order to feed hungry students across the continent. But while the campaign is aimed at feeding hungry students and apparently not to make a profit for SAB, other organisations have called the initiative “irresponsible” and are urging consumers to boycott it and sign a petition against it.

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Jul 17, 2017

Stop the marketing of alcohol in the of hunger in Africa

SAB/AB InBev must stop using poverty and hunger to promote their ‘Beers for Africa 8‐pack’ sales. If they want to donate funds to alleviate poverty, they should do so without linking it directly to the sale of their products. They must follow the words of Madiba: "There can be no greater gift than giving one's time and energy to help other without expecting anything in return".

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May 11, 2017

Big Alcohol In Zimbabwe: Catch Them Young

The adage “Catch them young” seems to ring true with regards to the toxic relationship Delta Beverages – a beer and soft drink company of Zimbabwe – is brewing with students at tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe. In partnership with the BOOST Fellowship – a local non-profit organization which runs youth development programmes – the beer producer is sponsoring the Delta Ethics and Social Responsibility programme.

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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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