A Twisted Tale Of Alcohol

A Twisted tale of alcohol and apartheid, now in Uganda and others over Cassava:

alcohol-twistedIf SA has an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, perhaps the past can help explain why. Charl Blignaut and Siyabonga Sithole get a history lesson

A hundred years earlier, in that other country, the prohibition act of 1897 made it illegal for black people to drink alcohol.

Then bosses decided to let the men drink – but only on their terms. They controlled the traditional beer trade by brewing it themselves and selling it in hostels.

The struggle of the women and their children would bring the beer protests to a head during the Soweto uprisings of June 16 1976. Youth leaders said they could not tolerate seeing their “fathers’ pay pockets being emptied on drink”.

“Students realise liquor is keeping black men in a state of inebriation and there is a sense among the youth activists that the beer halls are an important part of the apartheid strategy. And they burn them down,” says Nieftagodien. – by

Fast forward 2015: Uganda Gov’t to promote cassava as an alternative to barley, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation; promotes the world’s second-largest beer company Aimed at Beating African Homebrews.

And that is in the Most Alcohol Consumption Per Capita country in the entire world, according to the study to measure the years of life lost due to less than full health and premature death, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A-brewery-in-UgandaThen you may ask – Who could be promoting more alcohol consumption in this # 1 alcoholic nation especially with the study findings that “Alcohol’s intoxicating and dependence properties have played a big role in the rise of non- communicable diseases in Uganda,” says Kaggwa Muggaga, an advisor at WHO? Your guess is as good as mine – A twisted tale of added value.

Cassava: Adding Value for Africa, phase II (CAVA II)  held its Annual Review Meeting Monday, 26 to Thursday, 29 January 2015 in Kampala, Uganda. On Feb 04, 2015, Uganda government announced that it was to promote the growing of cassava to help substitute wheat and barley in brewery industries, despite locally grown barley in Kapchorwa region.

A twisted tale of added value:

Whereas the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is busy supporting brewery industries in the name of “Added Value” as a source of income, WHO analysis concluded that this type of added value is a Negative Net Worth with the following assertion – “No other product so widely available for consumer use accounts for so much premature death and disability as alcohol.

01-Bill-GatesHowever, who is excatly getting added value by promoting Cassava alcohol of SABMiller? All you have do is follow the money trail – it so happens that Mr. Gates’ position in Coca-Cola FEMSA amassed 87.84 million shares, or 19.2% of the outstanding stock.

But then what does that have to do with SABMiller and Bill Gates, you may ask. Here is the link – whoever invests directly in Coca-Cola, indirectly invests in SABMiller because they are financially tied to each other.

How can a person who complains of African large families’ impact on the planet, be the same one that heavily invests in industries that take roughly 20 gallons of water and turn them into a pint of beer and as much as 132 gallons of water and turn them into a 2-liter bottle of soda?

Imagine taking water – a healthy drink, and turning it into unhealthy one, then telling everyone that value has been added to it and above all getting paid for it; isn’t that disingenuous and unethical to say the least? Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide.

Unsung heroes like Jon Bennion–Pedley is the kind of philanthropists Africa needs; the ones that add true value.

Old habits die hard:

Though apartheid has died, the same old tactics live on. Apartheid state kept Black men drunk and in poverty; some bosses even paid their workers in beer. Youth leaders said they could not tolerate seeing their “fathers’ pay pockets being emptied on drink” and protested.

20140531_WBC061Again, fast forward to the present: This very South African Breweries (SAB) founded in 1895 as Castle Breweries to serve a growing market of miners has now reverted to its old tacts of engaging local governments to promote their product through legislation and Added value propaganda, as well as promising cheap beer to its customers.

The truth of the matter is that SABMiller produces beer cheaply, but for an average African it is not cheap to drink SABMiller beer. In fact for an average African, 500ml of SABMiller beer costs almost a day’s wage.

Home-brewing is mostly done by women who generate income to take care of their families, now SABMiller with the help of the governments is Aimed at Beating African Homebrews which means taking revenue from those women and leaving poor families in even deeper poverty than before.

Isn’t this the same old habit of SAB which kept South African Blacks drunk and impoverished with the help of Apartheid regime replaying the same act except this time on a larger scale with the help of Bill and Melinda Gates foundation plus our governments?  A Negative Net Worth as WHO analyzed; except for SABMiller Share Holders trading on London Exchange Stock.

The truth of the matter is that by MBAMiller taking over Home-brewing mainly done by poor women, and turning a staple food into alcohol then selling 500ml of beer for a day’s wage is not helping the poor but making them more improvised; it is another example of The Greed Revolution.


The GBD researchers established a link between alcohol consumption in Uganda to the rise of cancer especially breast cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), liver disease, respiratory infections, injuries and disability and mental disorders such as depression. These are the so-called Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) or ailments that are not spread from person to person.


Deaths Caused by NCDs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries – credit to Council on Foreign Relations.

The Emerging Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases: Cancer, diabetes, stroke, and other NCDs long ago became challenges for developed countries, but the epidemiological transition happening now in developing countries differs in speed, scale, and consequence. Rates of NCDs are rising fast in low- and middle-income countries.

NCDs are also arising in younger populations in developing countries. Most of the death and disability from NCDs in these nations occurs in working-age people, under the age of sixty. In low-income countries, particularly in Africa, that proportion rises to 80 percent or more. – COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

There is a steady rise in the number of Ugandans suffering from various forms of cancer, according to a cancer expert.

By 2030 NCDs will be 46 percent—of all deaths, an increase from 28 percent in 2008 among Young People in Africa – study by Toshiko Kaneda, Reshma Naik, and Wendy Baldwin.


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