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
Let us have our say - release the Control of Alcohol Beverages Marketing Bill
Oct 14, 2016

Let us have our say - release the Control of Alcohol Beverages Marketing Bill

In September 2012, the cabinet approved the publication of Control of Alcohol Beverages Marketing Bill for public comments.

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Oct 14, 2016

South African Liquor Amendment Bill

Have your say on proposed restrictions on advertising of alcohol; trading zones, hours and days; licensing conditions and processes… submissions are due on the 30th October. Speak to your neighbours, come together and let your voice be heard…

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Oct 14, 2016

South African National Liquor Policy

SAAPA applauds the South African Government for adopting a progressive national liquor policy which provides the framework for introducing stricter advertising and marketing regulations; increasing liability of manufacturers, suppliers and traders; restricting trading hours; etc…

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Sep 22, 2016

Norwegian NGO campaign: Divest from the alcohol industry

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global has invested around 10 billion US Dollars in multinational alcohol corporations. “This has to stop”, is the message from a campaign by Norwegian civil society organisations that was launched in Oslo yesterday. The main claim of the campaign is that investing in alcohol companies is incompatible with the overarching goals of Norwegian development and foreign policies.

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Sep 19, 2016

FORUT granted Consultative Status at ECOSOC

“A very welcome decision which makes it possible to widen and strengthen FORUT’s collaboration with the United Nations”, says Secretary General of FORUT, Morten Lønstad, in a comment to the fact that FORUT has been granted Special Consultative Status at ECOSOC.

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Sep 13, 2016

Healthy Lanka Receives Presidential Award for Alcohol and Drug Prevention

Healthy Lanka Alliance for Development has been presented with the award for Best Alcohol and Drug Prevention Organisation for the year 2015 by His Excellency Maitripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka. The award was presented in recognition of Healthy Lanka’s dedicated services towards creating a well-informed society free from alcohol and drugs.

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Sep 12, 2016

The Globe: New design, new format

The Globe, the magazine of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance, has been published with its first issue in a new format and design. The most important change is that the magazine will now be available only in a digital version.

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Aug 31, 2016

Alcohol industry afraid of losing their health image, adopts new and offensive strategies

The alcohol industry is afraid of losing their health image,WHO health initiatives make them fear for their lives and they intercept national policies to protect their own interests. This is documented in an in-depth article in the Wall Street Journal.

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Abigail Ramokoena: our poetry winner on SAAPA and Vic Falls
Aug 10, 2016

Abigail Ramokoena: our poetry winner on SAAPA and Vic Falls

As a run up to its forum held in Livingstone, Zambia from 11-14 July 2016, SAAPA held a poetry competition and invited young people from across the region to enter and stand a chance of attending the forum. Abigail Ramokoena (19) from Lesotho emerged the winner. She reflects on her experience of winning the competition, her time at the forum and her views on SAAPA.

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Should the world join the alcohol indutry in celebrating the international beer day?
Aug 05, 2016

Should the world join the alcohol indutry in celebrating the international beer day?

We the Southern Africa Alcohol policy Alliance –SAAPA wish to categorically to state that now and in the future we cannot join and support the alcohol industry in their initiated international beer day scheduled to take place on the 5th of August, 2016.

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