State still mulls ban on alcohol adverts

2012-04-16 16:44

Johannesburg - The government is drafting legislation to curb advertisements and marketing of alcohol, the health ministry said on Monday.

The ministry would not comment on the content of the legislation, but daily newspaper Business Day reported the measure would place a total ban on alcohol advertisements.

South Africa currently allows for liquor ads in print and on TV. The ministry sees alcohol as a contributing factor to highway deaths and a murder rate that is one of the highest in the world outside of a war zone.

“As is the case with all bills, the control of marketing of alcoholic beverages bBill will go through various stages of consultation... before it is released for public comment,” spokesperson Fidel Hadebe said in a statement.

Business Day reported on Monday that the draft bill, which prohibits the advertising and promotion of alcoholic products, was being reworked behind closed doors by a government task team.

According to the report the bill, which was prematurely leaked into the public domain, had caused alarm in industry circles because of its heavy-handed approach.

Hadebe said the department wanted to caution the industry against reacting to leaked documents.

“These may in some instances be out of touch with the consultation processes which the department remains committed to.”

He said Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi had expressed his concern about the impact of alcohol on the public’s health.

“The advertising and marketing of alcohol beverages is just one of the many avenues that are being considered as part of addressing this challenge,” said Hadebe.

  • Paul - 2012-04-16 16:56

    "WHAT" No more Johnny Blue for the BIG SHOTS. You know who you are......

  • KyleAssassin - 2012-04-16 17:01

    Why not ban corruption? A total ban please!!

      Belinda - 2012-04-16 18:04

      No lets have more corruption!!! Thats what happened with Prohibition in the USA. Made every 2nd cop corrupt and put the Mob on the map; to this day. A ban on alcohol advertising is only the first step. Same as the ban on tobacco advertisng... Create a monopoly on a drug; and lots of maney will be made and shared; amongst the FEW.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-16 17:05

    About time about 2 decades too late however better now than in the future. The association of Alcohol and Sports is ridiculous. People grow up creating the wrong impression regarding this association.

      Quintin - 2012-04-16 21:33

      Alcohol sponsorship and advertising is the the only silver lining in the cloud. The money generated from these sources are used to develop sports like rugby, cricket, soccer, athletics etc many of which would not be able to compete competitively without those funds. There are many young talented children out there who will not get an opportunity to compete professionally in if there was no money to do so. You should think further than your nose!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-17 07:02

      Quinton, Stop reasoning from a Capitalist point a view, There are more important agendas like the next generation.

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-16 17:12

    Stop treating us like children and get your own house in order.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-16 22:09

      "The ministry sees alcohol as a contributing factor to highway deaths and a murder rate that is one of the highest in the world outside of a war zone.".. Who the hell is going to sponser all the various sports"..And what about the debt on the unused stadiums.. they rely heavily on adverts. This is such a stupid idea. Next thing they will want to ban all cars because they are biggest contributor to highway deaths..Me thinks that this may be a red herring to divert attention away from the E-toll theiving exercise as well as the constitutional tampering. In all these cases they are shooting themselves in the foot and by all accounts losing support.. so yes, let them go ahead with it.

      Wilma Crous - 2012-04-16 23:50

      Agree!! Spend the efforts on fighting crime & corruption!!

  • Grace - 2012-04-16 17:23

    @the health minister - why don't you focus on more important issues? Everyone is aware of the dangers of alcohol and alcohol abuse and there are measures already in place. How about banning spitting in public with the numerous TB infected people we have walking around. How about banning people urinating on sidewalks... Despite the health hazards its public indecency. How about concentrating on jay-walkers? How many people does that kill every year? Or better still concentrate on the health risks at your state hospitals!!!

      Nyengedzo Mudzanani - 2012-04-16 18:03

      they must ban those who waste states money first before they can ban alcohol adverts. i think alcohol its the most main source of income for government, the next thing they want us to pay E-tolling, were as they can raise fund through alcohol adverts

  • Ishmael - 2012-04-16 18:15

    And how will this help? Banning alcohol adverts and issuing thousands of license to taverns in the township..every 2nd house is a tavern in the township..ambiguous!

  • Garth - 2012-04-16 18:53

    How about investing all that time and money instead into improving the police force and thereby removing illegal drugs from our streets?

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-16 18:56

    Maybe they,re scared we will all get vrot and bliksem them.

      Wilma Crous - 2012-04-16 20:47

      Sounds like fun!!

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-04-16 20:46

    Focus on crime you idiots & stop with the fluff!!

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-04-16 20:49

    Oh & Zumas much alcohol will be consumed there?? Mmm start there!!

      Blixum - 2012-04-17 10:07

      It will be the most expensive available at the tax payer's expense with unlimited quantities.

  • Kate - 2012-04-16 21:12

    Between 2004 and 2011 there have been 360 396 reported cases of people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-16 22:15

      Between 2004 and 2011 there have been 80 zillion of reported cases of people who have been driving thoughtfully, curteous, sobre and safely.

      Godfrey - 2012-04-17 04:22

      @Kate Yep. We must ban all cars.

  • Buti - 2012-04-16 22:05

    Juju tried to wakeup our leaders abt banning alcohol advertisement previously but he was thwarted. Why? bcz he knws 2much.

  • rvbrink - 2012-04-17 01:11

    This idiot in government does not know what he/she is talking about. It is called "Verbal Diahorrea".

  • Godfried - 2012-04-17 05:44

    This from a Department that can not even get basic health care right! Minister please focus on the important issues!

  • Blixum - 2012-04-17 08:14

    Nanny state! Ban everything that you can't handle in this Bantustan..

  • Zinhle - 2012-04-17 16:33

    Banning ads will never stop people from drinking. It never worked with cigaret. Gov please think of something else coz here people will end up with no jobs and yet they are new drinkers everyday.

  • Bokang - 2012-04-17 16:42

    This makes me very crazy. We elected this gvt to address issues of great importance but whenever I switch my tv on or visit news sites I am driven more towards having no respect and great disgust for these imbeciles. My girlfriend unfortunately fell ill in Feb and discovered she had a mioma (fibroid) growing in her womb, it was the size of a 5month foetus at that stage. Bear in mind that this condition can adversely affect a womans ability to conceive if not attended to as promptly as possible, after more than 5 visits, one of which was from 7am to 2am the next day she couldnt see a gynea @ Joburg Gen, " the pride of public health care facilities", boasting the best doctors and facilities in the country! My foot! Till this day all she was given has been ibuprofen and panado, by a government she and we all pay taxes to for healthcare. She only goes for an operation next week Tues, after almost 3 months of waiting.....were it not for the fact that we are slightly priviledged and can afford better medication and monitoring by private doctors purely by the grace of God, she may not have made it this far.The long and the short is that our public health system is in a direly appalling state, we live in what is the wealthiest of African nations yet people die everyday awaiting a doctor's attention and life saving medication in our state hospitals...and our Minister of Health spends his time on a bill to ban alcohol advertising? DPT Soc Dev is this not your job? This is a joke

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