The launch of an educational Anti Alcohol Abuse campaign (AAAC) took place at the Regent Hotel in East London on Tuesday, where institutions of higher learning were put in the spotlight.
Initiated by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB), this campaign is meant to highlight the dangers and adverse effects of alcohol abuse and will be presented at the is set to be run in the province’s four universities.
Eastern Cape economic development MEC Oscar Mabuyane strongly condemned alcohol abuse, noting that it had negative health implications on people. He also urged students to focus more on studies and less on drinking.
“Since the deposit of NSFAS funds directly into students’ bank accounts recently, R1m has been spent on alcohol. Unfortunately, our universities mirror what our communities are about,” Mabuyane said.
He further stated that an extra effort had to be made by parents and they should feel free to talk to their children about this subject, even if it’s hard.
ECLB chairperson Professor Lindelwa Majova-Songca said because of alcohol abuse, higher education campuses have been exposed to murders, rapes and other forms of abuse.
“We want to encourage them [students] to drink responsibly and for them to know that their studies come first,” Majova-Songca said.
She said the campaign was expected to run for three years.
Rhodes SRC president, Samkelo Mngadi said they condemned alcohol use and rather encouraged other ways for enjoyment.
Fort Hare SRC president Xolani Jaji said although this campaign was welcomed, what should have been done was to create platforms to inform students on how to budget their NSFAS allowances.