Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Liquor Ads Law causes tension between Ministers

Liquor law -  Ministers Fikile Mbalula (Sport) and Bathabile (Social Development) are on opposing sides over the law proposing that alcohol advertising be banned.   National treasury and cabinet tried to end the ministerial deadlock, but to no avail.   Mbalula argued that more than R500m in sport sponsorship will be lost, but Bathabile said the cost which can be contributed to alcohol-related ills amounted to  much more.   It is understood that the departments of social development, health, education, justice, police and trade and industry support the law and want it passed urgently.    National treasury remains a key player, as it somehow has to find revenue to replace the advertising revenue which will be lost.     

(Article by candice.bailey@inl.co.za, edited by LiquorWise)

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