Pro­tect youth, ban al­co­hol ad­ver­tis­ing

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WHILE drug us­age makes news, al­co­hol re­mains the most com­monly used and abused sub­stance among our youth.

There is a mis­con­cep­tion that hard drugs are largely to blame for crime. These drugs play their part, but al­co­hol has pos­si­bly the great­est im­pact on our com­mu­nity.

Al­co­hol abuse is a pro­gres­sive dis­or­der in which phys­i­cal de­pen­dency can de­velop. Even low doses of al­co­hol im­pair brain func­tion, judge­ment, alert­ness, co-or­di­na­tion and re­flexes.

High doses cause sup­pres­sion of res­pi­ra­tion and death. Chronic al­co­hol abuse can pro­duce de­men­tia, cir­rho­sis of the liver, and heart dis­ease; and sud­den with­drawal can pro­duce se­vere anx­i­ety, tre­mors, hal­lu­ci­na­tions, and life-threat­en­ing con­vul­sions.

Com­bin­ing drugs and/or us­ing them with al­co­hol can be ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.

One of the ways of be­gin­ning to solve the prob­lem is to ban al­co­hol ads in broad­cast­ing. Our youth have been led to be­lieve that by drink­ing al­co­hol, one can be­come sexy, suc­cess­ful, pow­er­ful and happy. Drink­ing is the “in” thing to do. TV beer ads glam­or­ise drink­ing and those ads are de­signed to pro­mote drink­ing.

Our gov­ern­ment al­lows this to go on be­cause it is not will­ing to stand up to the pow­er­ful and wealthy al­co­hol and broad­cast­ing in­dus­tries. The al­co­hol lobby is rich and pow­er­ful, as is the broad­cast­ing in­dus­try.

But if con­cerned cit­i­zens band to­gether and speak on this is­sue, we can get the gov­ern­ment to ban all al­co­hol ad­ver­tis­ing.

By do­ing so, we can be­gin to pro­tect our­selves, our loved ones, and our youth from the rav­ages of al­co­hol.


Who is back­ing Zikalala’s mo­tives?

WE THE peo­ple who ul­ti­mately feel the con­se­quences of what Sihle Zikalala and his fol­low­ers are up to need to see who wields the money and power be­hind this group, as well as their mo­tives.

Is any ratepay­ers’ money be­ing used via dif­fer­ent schemes to fund this group in terms of meet­ings, trans­port, food and re­galia?

Are any of the Gupta-linked busi­ness­men, who have been re­cip­i­ents of huge ten­ders for roads, tele­coms, elec­tric­ity, trans­port and con­struc­tion, back­ing this group to pre­serve their priv­i­leges and con­tinue re­ceiv­ing ten­ders from the Zuma fac­tion?


No sur­prise at Zuma hir­ing Fraser

THE huff­ing and puff­ing over Arthur Fraser, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the State Se­cu­rity Agency, has reached au­di­ble lev­els, with stri­dent calls for his sus­pen­sion amid a wel­ter of al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct, il­le­gal go­ings-on and threat­en­ing be­hav­iour.

Au­thor Jac­ques Pauw, for whom I have the great­est re­spect and whose book The Pres­i­dent’s Keep­ers should be re­quired read­ing, refers to sub­stan­tial ev­i­dence against Fraser and is quoted as say­ing “it raises the ques­tion of how Ja­cob Zuma could have ap­pointed Fraser as SSA D-G in Au­gust 2016”.

Well, that doesn’t sur­prise me. In Zuma’s world, such be­hav­iour qual­i­fied as mer­i­to­ri­ous con­duct, to be richly re­warded. And I have lit­tle doubt that if Zuma had re­mained in of­fice, Fraser’s po­si­tion would be im­preg­nable. JOHN GAR­DENER


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