New WHO Alcohol Action Plan 2022-2030 to guide global action to reduce alcohol-related harm

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Alcohol Action Plan 2022-2030 will be the new roadmap to guide global action to reduce alcohol-related harm.  African governments will, like others, use this WHO member state sanctioned plan when passing legislation and implementing programmes to reduce alcohol harm. We call on African Ministers of Health and WHO Executive Board …

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Alcohol availability is a key driver for GBV

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) and The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) with the support of the Ford Foundation published an evidence-based review on alcohol availability and the associated effect it has on Gender Based Violence (GBV)on 2 December 2021. The report was released during  the worldwide 16 Days of Activism campaign  which began …

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Heineken’s beer scramble for African drinkers

Multinational brewer Heineken, as of 15 November 2021, has made a R40.1bn offer to Distell, a global brewing business based in South Africa. The bid pushes the beverage company as frontrunner in the Beer scramble for the African continent. This move demonstrates that the global liquor producer believes that South Africa and Namibia have gateway …

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Press Statement On Awarding Of Liquor Licences To Petrol Stations

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance in SA (SAAPA SA) is concerned about the recent announcement in South Africa that a supermarket chain outlet attached to a petrol station in Johannesburg has been awarded a liquor licence. SAAPA SA calls on all Provincial Liquor Authorities to implement an immediate moratorium on the awarding of all …

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Restricting on-consumption alcohol trading saves lives

It is expected that, government will advise the country on whether the current Level 4 lockdown restrictions will remain in place as we fight the 3rd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delta variant in particular. One of the issues under consideration will be whether to continue with the suspension of the sale of alcohol in …

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