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A total ban of alcohol in WC schools to be lifted

Paul Colditz, Federation of Governing Bodies for South African Schools (FEDSAS) CEO says a draft amendment bill by the Western Cape education department to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol at schools is a bit of a storm in a tea cup.

He says the Western Cape broke away from adhering to the national Bill in 2011 and prohibited the consumption of alcohol in school related activities and on school grounds.

He says the possession and consumption of alcohol at schools has been prohibited since 2006 but was allowed only at fundraising events, says Colditz.

All the Western Cape is doing is to come back in line with national where alcohol will still not be made available at sporting activities, it will only be made available at fundraising activities.

Paul Colditz, Federation of Governing Bodies for South African Schools

Colditz says for the past 10 years they haven't had complaints pertaining to parents behaving badly because of alcohol at schools' fundraising activities.

He says the amendment made in 2011 in the Western Cape created problems for schools because they couldn't raise enough money during fundraising activities.

Alcohol is a massive money spinner...

Karren, caller

A total ban of alcohol causes all sorts of problems for the schools financially because no one would hire the premises for weddings and parties, there we lost plenty of revenue...

Errol, caller

Listen below for more callers welcoming the amendment of the Bill to allow alcohol at schools...

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