Leaked Draft of SA Alcohol Legislation Bans Advertising

The leaked Control of Marketing of Alcoholic Beverages Bill drafted by the Department of Health which totally prohibits the advertising and promotion of alcoholic beverages has highlighted the fact that 2012 is going to be an important year in determining the future of wine marketing in South Africa.

Business Day newspaper reported that the draft bill has caused alarm in industry circles due to its heavy-handed approach. Some of the measures included in the draft include:

— totally prohibit the advertising of alcoholic products;

— permit only notices, which must be limited to “describing the price, brand name, type, strength, origin and composition of the product”, to be displayed inside licensed and registered premises. Notices must be accompanied by a health warning and must not be visible from the outside;

— prohibit the display of names and logos of alcoholic beverages on delivery vehicles;

— prohibit the linking of sports sponsorship to alcoholic brand names; and

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