Scrapping of alcohol clause in the Basic Education Legislation Amendment Bill is a win for the health and development of South African children

The BELA Bill was first drafted in 2017 but was released for public comment in 2022. The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance upon its release criticised and called for the removal of clause 8 of the Bill. This stated that liquor could be sold at school functions and school premises for fund raising purposes. We are …

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Government should not be helping the liquor industry to sell more alcohol to the detriment of South Africans

South Africa’s alcohol harm challenges are many. The harmful use of alcohol causes a high burden of disease and has significant social and economic consequences. Harmful use of alcohol can also result in harm to other people, such as family members, friends, co-workers and strangers. It is a causal factor in more than 200 diseases, injuries …

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Underage drinking identified as a problem, but more details needed on what the ANC led government plans to do about it

While President Cyril Ramaphosa noted that young people are abusing alcohol in South Africa while delivering the January 8 Statement in Bloemfontein yesterday, the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance in SA (SAAPA SA) is eagerly waiting for government to reveal what exactly they plan to do about reducing alcohol harm in South Africa in 2023. SAAPA SA and …

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SAAPA SA will tell committee alcohol doesn’t belong in schools

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance in SA (SAAPA SA) will today (22 November) make its presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on why alcohol does not belong in schools. The inclusion in the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill of a recommendation that liquor be allowed on school premises, and at school …

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