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ISSUE 1 | APRIL 2018








Phillip Chimponda
SAAPA Chairperson
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SAAPA Zambia Team at the launch of SAAPA Eastern province network at the Palace of Senior Chief Madzimawe the 4th –in Eastern Province

SAAPA Zambia Chapter team at the launch of SAAPA Central Province Network in Kabwe.

SAAPA Zambia Chapter team at the launch of SAAPA Coppertbelt network at YMCA in Kitwe.

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance – (SAAPA) welcomes you to our first e-newsletter. The e-newsletter has been developed to aid common sharing and exchange of

  1. Your experiences as members and in-country SAAPA Chapter alliances Dissemination of relevant information pertaining to new development undertaken within the region.
  2. SAAPA regional experiences with other regions alliances within Africa such as Eastern Alcohol Policy Alliance – (EAAPA), West African Alcohol Policy Alliance –

SAAPA Zambia chapter Alliance embarked on the establishment of provincial networks since the last quarter of 2017 to ensure better representation; assist with coordination and information sharing; and promote local ownership of the Allinace.

Currently 4 SAAPA provincial networks have been launched namely; Lusaka, Central, Copperbelt and Eastern provinces respectively. The rational for establishing SAAPA provincial networks includes:

Ÿ Civil society mobilization and engagement on issues of adequately understanding how alcohol affects

individuals, families and

(WAAPA), global partners and other relevant stakeholders with similar objectives to that of SAAPA region.

iii. Ideas to inspire action

SAAPA region is hopeful that this e- newsletter will improve knowledge sharing, experiences and best practices among our readers, members and partners. Additionally, SAAPA region envisions that through this e- newsletter, our information dissemination and communication will be enhanced with regards to sharing our activities being undertaken which relates to

Ÿ Train the media fraternity to

understand that alcohol is an obstacle to social-economic development.

Ÿ Increase the lobbying and advocacy voice to ensure that the current draft national alcohol policy is adopted and approved by cabinet.

Currently, all SAAPA provincial networks are conducting radio programmes in their local communities supported by SAAPA Zambia Chapter specifically to raise awareness on issues of alcohol within their


addressing alcohol challenges within our region. And inspire each other for future action!

Enjoy reading this and subsequent SAAPA region e-newsletter editions. We look forward to hearing from you and your contributions. | | Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance | @saapa7

In January 2018, Phillip Chimponda, SAAPA Chairperson visited Zimbabwe and met with the Minister of Health Honorable Dr. David Parirenyatwa. The purpose of the visit wasthreefoldnamely;

(I) to pay a courtesy call on the Hon. Minister and to congratulate him for his appointment as Minister of health,

(ii) to officially introduce SAAPA Zimbabwe team to the Hon. Minister of Health and to lobby that SAAPA Zimbabwe is recognized so that collaboration with the Zimbabwean government is established through his office and;

(iii) To provide technical support to SAAPA Zimbabwe in their registration processes.

At the meeting which took place at the Ministers office in Harare, SAAPA Chairperson, Phillip Chimponda gave a brief history of SAAPA, its vision and mandate. Furthermore, the chairperson officially introduced the SAAPA Zimbabwe team which was represented by Tungamirai Zimonte and Vongai Nyahuye and proposed collaboration with the Zimbabwean government through his office.

It was emphasized that SAAPA as an alliance of civil society organizations

L/R: Phillip Chimponda (SAAPA Chairperson), Hon. Dr. David Parirenyatwa (Minister of Health), Vongai Nyahuye (SAAPA Zimbabwe board member).

in collaboration with governments provides a platform for learning and exchange of experiences through research, advocacy in an attempt to develop evidence based policy that address issues of alcohol as an obstacle to development.

Hon. Dr. David Parirenyatwa reaffirmed government’s commitment to collaborate with SAAPA Zimbabwe. He urged and encouraged SAAPA Zimbabwe to get registered in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Zimbabwe so that they can acquire a legal status which will strengthen collaboration with the government.

The Minister also acknowledged the fact that alcohol abuse in Zimbabwe especially among the young persons is government’s concern.

Additionally, the minister indicated that alcohol consumption in Zimbabwe is a risk factor for other health related problems including NCD’s. He therefore recommended the initiative taken by SAAPA to collaborate with the government and that his office will support this initiative.

SAAPA is positive that SAAPA Zimbabwe has embarked on the process of registration and will soon be registered in order to formalize collaboration and partnership with the government through the ministry of health. SAAPA remains committed to providing technical support in ensuring that the registration processes is achieved and that collaboration with the government is established.

A review of 12 studies identified a positive association between level of marketing exposure and level of youth alcohol consumption. An association was also found between exposure to alcohol marketing and early initiation of alcohol consumption and binge drinking. Binge drinking in adolescents is associated with peer violence, poor school performance and illicit drugs. Social media was an identified as a platform which engages youth and enhances alcohol marketers impact and have subsequent influence on consumption and risky behaviour

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Alcohol marketing and youth alcohol

consumption | | Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance | @saapa7

Excitement happened in Botswana as SAAPA-Botswana got legally registered with the Registrar of Societies in Botswana on 7th February 2018. The email address is

The first meeting of the organization after the registration was held on 11th April 2018 and eleven people attended from nine (9) potential member organizations. The meeting was to launch the official existence of the organization as well as elect a new Executive Committee.

The initial committee was elected in 2015 and most of the members had relocated and were not easily accessible for the organization’s business.

The only available committee member during the meeting was the

Chairperson, Ms Prisca Mokgadi who briefed the members about the background of the organization, its mandate, and the expectations going forward.

The organizations that attended the meeting were happy for the update and congratulated SAAPA- Botswana’s birth but felt that more mobilization for membership needs to be carried out before a new Executive Committee could be elected into office.

The organizations present were from:

Ÿ Botswana Council of NGOs
Ÿ Blue Cross Botswana
Ÿ Young Women Christian

Ÿ Botswana Substance Abuse

Support Network
An apology was received from the Anti-Tobacco Network.

Next move forward
1. Personalized / individualized

visits to identified organizations for briefing and recruitment to join SAAPA Botswana. They also advised that there is need for

2. Develop clear policies and/or guidelines of operation to be shared with partner organizations.

3. Follow-up meeting with partners.

Ÿ Botswana Christian Intervention Programme


Ÿ University of Botswana
Ÿ Men and Boys for Gender

Ÿ Ministry of Youth Development,

Sport and Culture Development | | Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance | @saapa7

Onthe24thofMarch2018, SAAPA supporters in Cape Town, South Africa took to action and attended an Australian vs South Africa cricket match at Newlands cricket ground wearing t-shirts calling for an end to alcohol advertising in sport.

The campaign ‘no alcohol advertising in sport’ is an extension of the #Boozefreesport campaign initiated by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) inAustralia.

SAAPA is hosting community conversation in partnership with Soul City, Sonke Gender Justice, the People’s Health Movement, the Public Health Association of South Africa and the Schools of Public of the University of Cape Town and Witwatersrand. The aim of the campaign is to mobilise community support for the call on banning of sport sponsorship by the alcohol industry and ultimately the banning of all alcohol advertising!

Sport is promoted as a healthy
outlet, good for mental and physical
well-being, and good for developing social skills. Across the world we encourage children and adults to participate as part of a healthy lifestyle to reduce obesity, high blood pressure, etc. Ironically however, a study by the South African Medical Research Council found that 77.5% of adolescents reported having accessed alcohol advertising via sport.

SAAPA South Africa will continue with this campaign and have an INDABA in June where alternative funding

for sports will be explored, including the diversion of a percentage of alcohol tax.

We need to keep sport free from harmful products so that children and young people develop healthy habits.

Join SAAPA and FARE to get alcohol advertising outofsport. Clicklinkbelowtosignthepetition.

Interview 50 people between ages 15 and 49 ask them if they agree or disagree that alcohol advertising should be banned in sport. Let us know how many people you spoke to and what they said. Try and interview equal amounts of men and women. Write your responses up in a table form like the one below and send your findings to




No of men interviewed | | Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance | @saapa7

No of women interviewed


It has become common knowledge over the years, that most of the alcohol induced deaths are witnessed more during the festive season than any other time in the year. Owing to this, is perhaps a plethora of contributing factors that range from young/old first time users to excessive/binge drinkers who allow themselves to be consumed by the festive mood and then end up engaging in wasteful and somewhat risky behaviours.

You look around, and it’s people everywhere drinking themselves into a stupor, on every corner in the streets and in every village is an ever sprouting number of alcohol outlets (licensed and unlicensed) and we find ourselves entangled in a never ending cycle of alcohol induced incidents. But it hasn’t been all gloom and doom for this Butha Buthe community of Ha Nqabeni, as they managed to triumph against the odds of incidents influenced by alcohol abuse during the festivities of the year end.

It was in June 2016 when community leaders of Ha Nqabeni attended a Blue Cross Advocacy and Outpatient Treatment Project-arranged workshop on how an evidence-based National Alcohol Policy would go a long way in addressing social, security, economic and health problems that are being experienced as caused by the rampant alcohol abuse. This project is proudly sponsored by Blue Cross Norway. Contents of the National Alcohol Policy were explained in great depth, with demonstrations made as to how each aspect of the policy would benefit communities if translated into law. With villagers engaged in consultations and discussions through public gatherings, community leaders of Ha Nqabeni, under the leadership of Chief Mopeli Nqabeni, heeded the

recommendations of the National Alcohol Policy draft of 2013, and had so much to be thankful for.

At Ha Nqabeni, minors are not allowed under any circumstance to purchase alcoholic beverages, alcohol outlets operate by the dictates of their licenses and do not open earlier or close later than directed, outlets in operation are licensed and ultimately, brewers of traditional beer have a designated area from which to sell.

What the latter means is, for everyone who brews traditional beer in Ha Nqabeni for commercial purposes, there is a specific area that has been allocated for selling the same and it therefore becomes an offense to brew and sell from home, as sort by the community. By adopting this, the community leaders have been able to have to a certain degree, some form of control over the production of traditional beer and the unfortunate incidents that usually happen in homes where beer is produced and sold.

The application of this principle has helped reduce alcohol abuse and acts of violence amongst the people of Ha Nqabeni, and children have been

protected the most. Again, as a way of preventing toxic ingredients from being added to the brews, producers had to disclose the contents of the brew to the community leaders before accessing the stall facility.

This proved to be a very instrumental aid as it deterred some home-brewers who weren’t willing to disclose this information from accessing the stall. Chief Mopeli purports that, “there used to be numerous home-brewers before this initiative, but only two remain now. Scores seem to have lost interest in brewing.” It is reported that these remaining two brewers also rarely brew more than twice a month, although this was not a pre- condition to access the stall facility. The pre-conditions were that they would have to register with the Chief daily when they want to sell, and that they would operate only from 10h00 am to 18h00 pm.

We at Blue Cross Lesotho have cause to believe that all communities can achieve this level of intolerance towards alcohol abuse even before the enactment of the National Alcohol Policy, and far greater with the translation of the policy into law. It starts with you. | | Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance | @saapa7