Tag: South Africa

Open Society Foundations History

George Soros began his philanthropic career in 1979, when he started by supporting scholarships for black students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and for Eastern European dissidents to study abroad.

 

Alcohol ban: Is South Africa emerging as a nation of drinkers?

Data published by the World Health Organisation shows that South African consumers of alcohol are some of the heaviest drinkers globally. Every celebration in the country is accompanied by a pool of alcohol. At a simple birthday party for a child you will find parents drinking with their friends as if it is their celebration. Are we raising a generation of alcoholics?

Ever since lockdown, I’ve noticed so many posts making the rounds on social media about how to make your own alcohol. It seems, South Africans simply can’t live without alcohol. Prior to the lockdown, people bought boxes of alcohol that they finished drinking within a week of the lockdown. Afterwards, we saw South Africans making alcohol with apples, pineapples and various things. Well at first I thought it was hilarious up until I realised that perhaps we are a drunk nation.

Children are watching parents make their own alcohol. Many people think their drinking does not impact their children in anyway, after all it’s only dangerous to drink when pregnant. Unfortunately, the effects of growing up around alcoholism are sometimes so profound that they last a lifetime, affecting the way kids-turned-adults see themselves and others; their interactions in relationships, and more.