Arnold PollakSadly like most people in glass towers, the minister only looks at the issue from a very narrow minded perspective. While I do believe that the intentions are good, I am sure Hitler's were as well if you look from the perspective of national pride. Where is the transparency that the government so touted. Why not rather look for ways that can benefit all involved like calling for a larger percentage of the ad-spend to be on awareness or working together with alcohol outlets so they cover some of the costs of abuse? Just my two cents worth.
Bhekisisa MncubeSomehow social advertising fails to have the same effect on public opinion as the mainstream advertising. This is a matter that requires further research.
Wazier MohammedADLAND: The one place I do not want to be at the moment. Half of the agencies are not going to survive without the ad revenue!
Llewellyn KrielNowhere in the world - except in Islamic nations where deeply entrenched centuries-old religious dogma exists - has there been any kind of successful ban on alcohol advertising. Not even the Prohibition against its production and use was in any way successful. And, as long as alcohol exists, its promotion - including its advertising - will remain.
Cries (especially those that emanate from sycophantish adulation of the ruling dominus) for an end to advertising alcohol will be as futile as bans against tobacco advertising have been in reducing its use. Recent surveys by MIT, Pew and Ipsos (among numerous others) have shown that smoking is indeed increasing or remaining unchanged among youth at schools from Seattle and San Francisco to Singapore and Sydney.
As a recovering alcoholic (13 years sober and an equal time without smokes), I carry no candle for either alcohol or tobacco. But I do carry mountainous torches for freedom of choice and of speech. I have sympathy for Motsoaledi's sense of futility in the face of alcohol abuse, but puerile and ill-advised authoritarianism, the knee-jerk response of the ANC, is not the answer. And if both he and Mncube diverted more resources to research into abuse patterns in all their kaleidoscopic complexity, the world might make some progress.
Arnold PollakBrilliantly said. As you mentioned, alcohol consumption was never stopped during prohibition. To me this amplifies the point that you cannot legislate away social issues. I believe using the funds that are generated from the taxes and profits on the sale of these products to better understand and educate against abuse would do far more to curb abuse. A ban only makes abusers go underground.
manoah tshabatautry education campaigns on alcohol use and abuse, comeon you can use the alcohol tax to finance those campaigns, the world is boring enough dont make it any worse.
Christian von DürckheimQuestion: most crimes are perpetrated with in impoverished communities? yes? Do people living in LSM 3 to 5 have the means to buy expensive booz? no?
FACT: Majority of ad budgets are spent on LSM 8-10 products, hence the Target market/ audience are VASTLY different to Lower income target markets. So if we have a look at WHERE these high LSM VERY targeted adverts are being run, and what the content of them are and to WHOM it is addressed we can deduct that it is not to the impoverished Crackling 5 Litre drinker therefore banning alcohol advertising will make zero difference to the plite of victims of crime, for the SIMPLE reason, Crackling White wine is a non-advertised wine and the drinker of this particular wine does not consume it for its great flowery bouquet, but rather to get of his or her face drunk! Social upliftment and education into the risks of alcohol abuse on the other hand will make a 100% difference.
Michael Janse van RensburgRidiculous!!!!
Banning advertising will NOT stop people from consuming alcohol. Obviously he is not thinking on the impact this will have on numerous Agencies and their families. Agencies will have to down scale, people will lose jobs, and for what!!!!
Noel GissingInteresting since the advertising ban of tobacco products have been implemented I have actually seen more young people smoking then before and Drug dealers don't even advertise yet the streets are flooded with Tik and every other sort of drug you can think of. It was not advertised E.g. buy one get one free or even dial a drug, no but it is a flourishing industry. What one wonders is in how many accidents and injuries is it a combination of Drugs and alcohol, funny how alcohol abuse really escalated in the last few years more or less when drug abuse reared its ugly head. If advertising is this brainwashing monster then why is it that we don't all vote for the same party it could be that we have common sense and the freedom of choice to know right from wrong. So educate the target market and become part of a real solution instead of creating new problems from job losses because of advertising companies closing down and driving more people to bars and bottle stores to drown their sorrows.