SA govt needs to urgently restrict alcohol sales, says policy group
The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance in South Africa (SAAPA SA) has called on the government to urgently implement tighter alcohol restrictions.
SAAPA SA says alcohol consumption has been linked to ‘super-spreader’ Covid-19 events in some parts of the country.
As Covid-19 infections rise in areas such as the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, SAAPA SA director Maurice Smithers says tighter booze measures are needed to help curb the spread of the virus.
Smithers says stricter alcohol rules will also help reduce alcohol-related harms associated with this time of the year.
The policy group believes that SA government needs to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and implement measures proven to be effective in other countries.
These measures include a ban on advertising of alcohol, increasing the price of alcohol, and the reduced availability of booze.
There's a very real possibility that the festive season is going to see a spike in coronavirus cases... as well as we are likely to see a number of other alcohol-related harms happening around this time.Maurice Smithers, Director - Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
Signals are there that there is a likelihood of problems.... we are seeing this from the Eastern Cape, for example.Maurice Smithers, Director - Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
We have never called for a ban. We don't think a ban is a good idea.Maurice Smithers, Director - Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
Our view has always been that you put in place the kind of measures that have been proposed by the WHO, which include reducing availability, increasing the costs.Maurice Smithers, Director - Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
Listen to the discussion on Early Breakfast with Africa Melane:
Police officials in the small Eastern Cape town of Joubertina came under attack after seizing hundreds of litres of illegal brew.Read More
Nurses union Denosa says many nurses contracted for the Covid-19 response are being unfairly treated in terms of labour laws.Read More
Dr. Ross Hofmeyr, an anaesthesiologist at Groote Schuur Hospital, explains how medical oxygen is made.Read More
Journalist and ex-prisoner Raphael Rowe spent a week behind bars at the Brandvlei Prison for the new season of the docu-series, Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons.Read More
DJ Fresh and DJ Euphonik have been pulled off air on music station 947 after reaching an agreement with management at Primedia Broadcasting.Read More
With the reopening of schools postponed to 15 February 2021, teachers union Naptosa doesn't see the need for SMTs to come back so soon.Read More
John Maytham vents about temporarily disabled people having to stand in long queues and getting water cannons fired at them.Read More
Journalist Saawmiet Moos in Belville describes people queuing for Sassa social grants sprayed with police water cannons.Read More
Energy analyst Ted Blom says Eskom doesn't report the additional shedding of VLS clients totaling an over 4000-megawatt shortfall.Read More
W Cape Home Affairs' Sam Plaatjies says no, but the department has the discretion to renew passports on a case-by-case basis.Read More