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
Beware the wile of alcohol companies
Jun 16, 2015

Beware the wile of alcohol companies

WE LIVE in a world where business opportunities often lie in increasing sales of products that cause harm. This article was written by Savera Kalideen, former SAAPA Chairperson and Senior Manager for Advocacy at Soul City. It was originally published on Business Day.

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Sober up: If the state doesn’t do it, who will?
Jun 02, 2015

Sober up: If the state doesn’t do it, who will?

The Minister of Trade and Industry in South Africa recently announced proposed new alcohol legislation which has the industry in a furore. Amid acusations of being a South Africa being a nanny state, SAAPA Chairperson Mphonyane Mofokeng asks 'If the state doesn't do it, who will? This article was written for and published in the City Press.

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Africa: a future that will not be there tomorrow
May 27, 2015

Africa: a future that will not be there tomorrow

"The industry wants Africans to carry the cost of harm caused by alcohol while they take the profits". As we celebrate Africa Day, Tungamirai Zimonte highlights a new form of exploitation of Africa by the global alcohol industry.

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May 25, 2015

New impetus to regulate alcohol

The Department of Trade and Industry will soon issue new alcohol regulations for public comment to kick start the process of implementing uniform regulations across the country. This emerged at a well-attended panel discussion on the National Liquor Norms and Standards hosted by Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication on Wednesday.

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WHO, UNDP and FORUT: Integrating national policies on the harmful use of alcohol, gender-based violence and HIV
May 20, 2015

WHO, UNDP and FORUT: Integrating national policies on the harmful use of alcohol, gender-based violence and HIV

Integrating policies to reduce harmful drinking, gender-based violence and hiv/aids will give better results on all three areas compared to addressing them in isolation. This came out of the conference in Oslo the 5th of May. The Oslo meeting was co-hosted by WHO, UNDP, FORUT and the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services. This article was written by Dag Endal for FORUT.

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UK needs to get tougher on alcohol - OECD
May 20, 2015

UK needs to get tougher on alcohol - OECD

A review by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of the 34 wealthiest countries found average annual consumption of pure alcohol was 10.6 litres per person - equal to 115 bottles of wine. A rise from under 10 litres in the early 1990s. This article was written by by Nick Triggle, health correspondent for the BBC.

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Alcohol industry timing social media promotions to tie-in with major sporting fixtures, research shows
Apr 28, 2015

Alcohol industry timing social media promotions to tie-in with major sporting fixtures, research shows

The link between sport and alcohol is a long standing one. This article highlights the RMIT study on how social media is now a key player in selling alcohol and how the industry times its posts to tie in with major sporting fixtures. (This article was written by Micheal Edwards for ABC News Australia)

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Youth Health Mag - Drinking Culture In Films Putting Teens At Risk Of Early Alcohol Exposure
Apr 28, 2015

Youth Health Mag - Drinking Culture In Films Putting Teens At Risk Of Early Alcohol Exposure

Youth Health Mag reports on a study published the Pediatric journal on how youth that have been exposed to more alcohol being consumed in films than their peers are more likely to have tried alcohol.

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Alcohol controls should match those on smoking
Apr 17, 2015

Alcohol controls should match those on smoking

Carwyn Hooper calls for alcohol controls as stringent as smoking controls. (This article was originally written by Carwyn Hooper for www.theconversation.com and appeared on BDLive)

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Alcohol Policy Alliance of Lesotho (APAL) trains 30 people in alcohol policy
Apr 15, 2015

Alcohol Policy Alliance of Lesotho (APAL) trains 30 people in alcohol policy

The APAL in collaboration with the Blue Cross Thaba Bosiu Centre conducted a training workshop on Advocacy for Evidence Based Alcohol Policy for 30 participants in March in Maseru

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