Will you be affected once alcohol is banned from school functions?
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Amendments to municipal bylaws will see several changes take
place around the sale of alcohol, according to Food24. The amendments are
kicking in within the next few months; in Cape Town, new legislation will come
into effect on the 01 April, 2013. One area which may affect parents is this
No more cheese and wine evenings
“No drinking at school
functions ever. This applies even if the function is held away from school
grounds and on a licensed premises - if it is the school organising the
function, they are breaking the law.” Food24.
You may be wondering how this could any impact on schools,
but there are plenty of schools which have allowed parents to bring alcohol to
functions in the past, or even created events such as cheese and wine
So the parent’s social evenings won’t be officially
organised by the school, and won’t take place on school grounds.
Obviously kids who are underage aren’t allowed to drink, but
school kids who are over eighteen won’t be able to organise anything
'We said "alcohol-free", not "free alcohol"'
My own school had a wine-tasting club, and we’d visit
vineyards around the Cape along with a teacher who also happened to be a master
wine taster. Doing that now would get him fired.
It may mean that schools and parents will have to get more
creative in their fundraising ideas, but that’s not necessarily bad, right?
What do you think of the booze-free school events policy?
By: Scott Dunlop