EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD HOSTS AN ANTI- UNDERAGE DRAMA AND DEBATE COMPETITION AT MALUTI
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In its endeavour to alleviate underage drinking, Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB) will host schools debate and drama competition at Maluti Civic Center. ECLB continues to fight underage drinking in the impoverished communities for the first time ECLB will be hosting anti underage drama and debate with schools around Alfred Nzo District Municipality. This is the flagship program organized by the board in the area. Ten schools from around Matatiele and Maluti villages will compete in these two categories of drama and debate, with the main aim of making these young ones messengers of our theme to their peers which is “BOOZE NOT FOR LEARNERS”. The aim is to educate and influence behavioural change in groups that have inclination to abuse liquor and sensitize them about the consequence of drinking.
Prior to this event South African Police Service (SAPS), Council of Churches in Maluti in conjunction with Eastern Cape Liquor Board, saw it necessary to conduct awareness sessions about the dangers of indulging whilst at school and the consequences thereof. This was for the benefit of all the learners who will not be taking part in the competition.
It has come to the attention of the board that these pupils are expose to illegal trading and ill responsible trading that is taking place within the villages and substance abuse has escalated to disturbing numbers. Most of the villages are lying on the borders of Lesotho and South Africa that makes those villages vulnerable to illegal smuggling of drugs which target these young ones.
The ECLB is responding to the results of the socio-economic research study which found that about 36% of learners in Grades 8, 9 and 10 have ever tested liquor. The study was commissioned with a view to establish the socio-economic impact of alcohol abuse in the Eastern Cape. Findings on the prevalence of alcohol consumption among learners raised alarm within the Eastern Cape Liquor, and intervention strategies have been developed to ensure that school-going youth are educated about the negative effects of alcohol abuse, and underage drinking, thereof.
Drama and debate has been identified as one of the most effective mechanisms to alleviate abuse of alcohol abuse among young people, and Eastern Cape Liquor Board has adopted the same approach of utilizing drama and debate to keep young people away from liquor consumption.
You are therefore cordially invited to join ECLB in its fight against the scourge of the abuse of alcohol and underage drinking. The details of the event are as follows:
Venue: Civic Center Maluti
Date: 23 April 2015
For further enquiries you can contact ECLB Spokesperson Mr Mgwebi Msiya on 0605016418 0r Contact Senior Communication Officer, Pumlani Fani on 0605546950.