Drinking age to be raised to 21?
The controversial lockdown ban on the sale of booze may have been lifted (for now), but it looks as if policymakers are now considering more permanent restrictions on the alcohol industry.
Looking at data derived from the ban on alcohol sales introduced to combat Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, three key ideas are being looked at which could be debated in Parliament.
Maurice Smithers from lobby group Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance spoke to CapeTalk's Africa Melane about some of the measures being considered.
1. An outright ban on alcohol advertising
The chances of an outright ban at this time don't seem very high, but it does seem as though there will be some serious limiting of alcohol advertising.Maurice Smithers, Director - Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
It will fundamentally change the way in which alcohol is seen in the country.Maurice Smithers, Director - Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
2. Improved tracking of unlicensed alcohol sales
We live in the perfect era for this because you have all kinds of ways of using technology to mark products and be able to track where they go.Maurice Smithers, Director - Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
If a bottle ends up in an unlicensed outlet, they will be able to track where it came from.Maurice Smithers, Director - Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
3. Raising of the drinking age
It really doesn't make sense to allow people to start drinking AND driving at the age of 18.Maurice Smithers, Director - Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
A lot of kids hit university at 18 and are exposed to alcohol and it has quite a damaging effect on kids and their progress through university.Maurice Smithers, Director - Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
Find out more about the permanent measures being considered by policymakers by clicking below:
Source : https://www.123rf.com/photo_87295373_hands-clinging-alcohol-drink-glasses.html
Musician remakes Mariam Makeba’s classic 'Qongqothwane' to help foreigners (and locals) with the pronunciation of Gqeberha.Read More
#eNCA was trending on Twitter on Thursday, with some accusing the reporter and broadcaster of racism and unconscious bias.Read More
The proposal to tax retirement fund members when no longer tax-resident in SA is not unreasonable, says Prof. Osman Mollagee.Read More
Consumer ninja Wendy Knowler follows up on the case of a patient who'd been paying his membership dues for more than 40 years.Read More
'We owe a lot of people a lot of money' says Tito Mboweni. Wide-ranging reaction to Budget 2021 on The Money Show.Read More
The Western Cape Health Department says it's implementing additional security measures after reports of vaccine queue-jumping in the province.Read More
Kim Prytz took six hours to complete the swim from Robben Island to Melkbos, raising money for vulnerable families in Capricorn.Read More
An organ transplant recipient in the US died of Covid-19 two months after contracting the virus from her donor's infected lungs.Read More
Ron Martin of the South African Heritage Resources Agency says the art is valuable beyond estimation.Read More
The Karl Bremer Hospital near Belville is the lastest site where healthcare workers are able to receive Covid-19 vaccines in the metro.Read More