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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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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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Jun 28, 2018

Booze adverts targeted because 'youngsters see alcohol glamorised'

The debate surrounding the banning of alcohol advertising sponsorships in sport is raging on, and advocacy group the Southern Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) held discussions on Wednesday to explore alternative funding options.

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Jun 07, 2018

Drink Responsibly vs Serve Responsibly

Advertising which appeals to young people who are anti-establishment and a lack of enforced guidelines for retail, plays a major role in alcohol consumption among young people. According to Soul City Institute for Social Justice young people have admitted that alcohol advertisements entice them to drink and that young people’s views on alcohol advertising, marketing and availability have a direct influence on their drinking patterns and sexual behaviour.

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Aadielah Maker Diedericks - Cape Times24 Apr 2018
May 02, 2018

Aadielah Maker Diedericks - Cape Times24 Apr 2018

Sometimes I think I read from a different script. I understood that sport is an outlet that promotes one’s physical and mental health and is good for developing social skills. That’s why for the past 12 years I have been running around driving my kids to get to practise, to get to the game and organising my work schedule so that I can attend at least one of their matches.

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Apr 17, 2018

Alcohol group demands ad spend details

Alcohol policy group Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) is steadfast in its bid to ban alcohol advertising, and has challenged the alcohol industry to disclose its exact expenditure on advertising and sponsorships.

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Take Alcohol Advertising out of Sport. What is in a t-shirt?
Mar 26, 2018

Take Alcohol Advertising out of Sport. What is in a t-shirt?

SAAPA and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education in Australia (FARE) have joined forces in the campaign for sports to be free from alcohol advertising. Supporters will be wearing t-shirts that call for ‘No alcohol adverts in sport!’ at Newlands cricket ground this weekend during the South Africa v’s Australia cricket.

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Mar 26, 2018

The Health and Social Impacts of Easy Access to Alcohol and Exposure to Alcohol Advertisements Among Women of Childbearing Age in Urban and Rural South Africa

Study addressing alcohol exposed pregnancy amongst women in the rural farming West Coast District of W Cape and in three areas of urban Gauteng in South Africa shows strong associations between exposure to alcohol advertising and a number of adverse social and health impacts, with slightly different patterns for rural W Cape and Urban Gauteng.

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SAAPA supports government and President Ramaphosa to introduce NLA to protect lives
Mar 15, 2018

SAAPA supports government and President Ramaphosa to introduce NLA to protect lives

Since being elected into office some three weeks ago, it appears that there has been a flurry of new legislation drafted and promulgated under president Cyril Ramaphosa.

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