ANCs draft bill promising to ban alcohol advertising in South Africa may be crossed through after intensive lobbying by the alcohol industry. Instead the political party is now calling for stricter regulations on alcohol outlets.
South African newspaper The Saturday Star reports that the alcohol industry’s protests against ANCs plans did not fall on deaf ears. “If the draft bill proceeds in its current form it is inevitable that there will be devastating consequences for the sport and recreation sector,” say the policy discussion documents that have been published in preparation of the national general council in October.
These documents now propose to convert a draft law aiming to curb the negative effects of alcohol on the South African society, into a financial bill. These altered plans would see the introduction of a 2.5 percent levy that will support health promotion campaigns, sport, arts and culture as well as educational programmes relating to the dangers of alcohol abuse.
Alternatively discussed is the option of allocating government funds towards sports organizations which may be faced with a loss of revenue when alcohol producers are no longer allowed to sponsor them.
Saturday Sun 08/22/15
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