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Want a condom with your beer?

Cape Town-130604-SAB Distributes condoms to shabeens in Western Cape townships. Nozuko Joba, the owner of Zukie's Place in Khayelitsha receives condoms for her shabeen from Denvor Pretorious-Reporter-Zodidi-Photographer-Tracey Adams

Cape Town-130604-SAB Distributes condoms to shabeens in Western Cape townships. Nozuko Joba, the owner of Zukie's Place in Khayelitsha receives condoms for her shabeen from Denvor Pretorious-Reporter-Zodidi-Photographer-Tracey Adams

Published Jun 5, 2013

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Cape Town - SAB has got you covered. The beer giant is using its delivery trucks to distribute condoms to taverns across the Western Cape.

Project Promote is a partnership between the National Department of Health, the SA Business Coalition and other health organisations.

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SAB spokesman Sanele Gaqa said reducing the number of HIV/Aids infections was one of its priorities.

Every month SAB delivers 400 condoms – with beer orders – to each of the 117 taverns they supply between Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain and the West Coast.

“It’s been six months and (most) tavern owners love it,” said Gaqa.

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Nozuko Joba, 52, owner of Zukie’s Place in Section F, Khayelitsha, said she was proud to promote safe sex. She puts the condoms on the counter so customers can take without asking.

Regulars at Zukie’s were positive about the project. Nkosinathi Gcaza, 31, said: “It’s great because we tend to get girls here and there are risks to what we are doing.”

Anele Mflatelo, 28, agreed. He said it was a problem when there weren’t free condoms at the tavern. “We meet ladies here, you see, and things just happen out of the blue and if there are no condoms around it becomes a messy situation.”

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SAB has delivered 350 000 condoms in the Western Cape and more than 10 million condoms across the nation, believing that with every 500 condoms distributed at least one new infection is averted – a calculation by John Stover, founder of the Future Institute. - Cadet News Agency, Cape Argus

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