23 September 2011
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has called on families, communities and civil society to help in the fight against alcohol abuse.
Addressing journalists during a post-Cabinet briefing in Cape Town on Thursday, Dlamini said it was not acceptable for taverns to be located near churches or schools.
She said the government was concerned that teachers sometimes bought alcohol from those taverns, and that they also made it easier for pupils to bring alcohol to school.
Dlamini said the government was sticking to its plans to increase the age restriction for accessing alcohol by young people from 18 to 21 years. She said that at 21 years, one would be more mature than an 18-year-old.
Dlamini said that while there were people making a living out of taverns, there were more whose lives were being destroyed by alcohol consumption.
She said that Cabinet had approved a programme of action to deal with substance abuse. This, she said, included various departments coming up with policies to deal with the problem.
The government will launch Social Development Month in Mokgopong in Limpopo province on 4 October. Activities are being organised under the theme, “Working together to build caring and sustainable communities.”
The Cabinet also wished the country’s matriculants good luck ahead of the their final examinations, which start within the next 30 days, and urged South Africans to support pupils during this time of the year.