Safe Shebeens Hosts Pool Tournament
Contributor: Nathi Tshabalala
In 2014, SLF embarked on the Safe Shebeens Project, seeking to contribute to reducing alcohol-related harms by promoting safety in shebeens (unlicensed liquor outlets) that are notorious in government and media circles for being ‘unsafe’. The project promoted safety through signs that communicate house and safety rules adopted by shebeen owners to patrons. The advantage of signs is that they are visible and bridge the literacy gap in townships.
As an extension of this work, SLF organised a pool tournament on 12th November 2016, in Gugulethu. It brought together four shebeens from the three townships of Sweet Home Farm, Gugulethu and Mfuleni. It attracted players (28) and patrons (over 80) to an ‘edutainment’ engagement where sport and education were used to promote safety in drinking venues and contribute towards reducing alcohol related harms. The pool tournament went successfully, and requests for follow-ups from the players have already been made.