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South Africa: Cabinet Dismisses Media Claims That It Is Divided Over the Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages Bill

Cabinet has noted the mischievous media reports related to the Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages Bill . The media reports allege a division over the decision to approve the Bill.

Acting Cabinet Spokesperson, Phumla Williams said, "I wish to put it on record that the post media Cabinet Statement issued on the 18 September reported that, Cabinet has approved the publishing of the Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages Bill for public comment. Cabinet's decision was also affirmed in a media briefing conducted by the Minister of Social Development, Ms. Bathabile Dlamini together with the Deputy Minister of Health Ms Gwen Ramokgopa on the 20th September 2013. Minister Bathabile's statement is available on the Department of Social Development's website".

"There should be no confusion as both the post Cabinet media statement and the Minister's subsequent statement clearly articulate that Cabinet approved that the Bill should be gazetted. The date of gazetting is still to be determined by the Minister," said Williams.

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