#PODCAST: NGO's lobby to reduce the availability of alcohol

By Newsbreak Producer, Rachel Vadi - The permanent reduction of alcohol availability is the "new norm" a group of non-governmental organisations are lobbying for. Sonke Gender Justice, Gun Free SA and Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance or Saapa SA started the campaign based on the drop in alcohol-related harm and a freeing-up of hospital beds for COVID19 patients since the start of the lockdown. Director of Saapa SA, Maurice Smithers says reports indicate that alcohol related violence has been reduced by as much as 60% during COVID-19 lockdown.