Media Release: Phuza Wize Campaign - Drink Safe. Live Safe.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010: The Soul City Institute officially launched a powerful and ambitious national campaign today designed to change the way South Africans drink.

Supported by the Liquor Traders Association and a number of other partners, the “Phuza Wize” campaign is aimed at creating safe drinking spaces and alcohol free zones and reducing the violence related to alcohol. In addition, Phuza Wize wants to ensure that South Africans understand the role of alcohol in new HIV infections - people are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior if they are drunk

According to Dr Sue Goldstein, a Senior Executive at Soul City “The literature shows us that a very high proportion of violent incidents are perpetrated by people who are drunk and the victims are often drunk too”

The majority of perpetrators and victims of violence in South Africa are men, therefore Phuza Wize will primarily target young men aged 15 to 35.

“International experience indicates that changing drinking environments and reducing the availability of alcohol have the effect of reducing incidents of violence. The campaign is working with many partners to achieve safer social spaces, this means working with taverns and shebeens to make them safer according to a 10 point plan” adds Aadielah Maker another Senior Executive.

These ten criteria must be met by establishments in order to be called safe drinking places. The criteria will be prominently displayed and a hotline number is being set up where patrons or community members can call to report non-compliance.

  • Do not sell to intoxicated people
  • Do not sell to children under the age of 18 years
  • Do not sell a to visibly pregnant women
  • Sell food and non-alcoholic drinks; and make water available
  • Have good lighting, clean toilets and security
  • No more than 3 people per square meter
  • Have clear defined serving area inside and outside
  • Display safe sex messages and condoms
  • Encourage customers not to drink and drive
  • Opening and closing times:
    • 14h00 to 20h00 (Sundays)
    • 13h00 to 20h00 (Mondays – Thursdays)
    • 13h00 to 24h00 (Fridays – Saturdays)

The campaign will be run through Soul City TV series and Soul Buddyz TV on SABC 1, Soul City radio series, community radio stations and newspapers, as well as with materials such as booklets and detailed fact sheets, which can be obtained on

For more information, interview requests or images please contact

Tankiso Komane/Georgina Lefifi

Onyx Marketing Communications 083 312 8950 OR / 082 908 2555

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