Aaron Motsoaledi leaves the department after ten years, with the last few years marred by some of the biggest failures in public health.
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Over the Easter weekend, South Africa became the first African country to impose an excise tax on sugary drinks, a move that has been welcomed by health experts but condemned as ‘nanny-ish’ by free marketeers.
South Africans will start paying tax on sugary drinks from 1 April 2018, according to an Act gazetted yesterday.
Now that government’s strategy to reduce the sugar intake through the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages – known as a Health Promotion Levy – consumers in general remain cynical, believing it may not have the desired impact.
The financial scandal of South Africa’s largest sugar producer hurts its blue-collar employees, who are already marginalised and at risk of non-communicable diseases, the most.
Coca-Cola South Africa denies that it cut the sugar content of its drinks in response to government’s tax on sugary drinks.
According to the beverage manufacturer, more South Africans are choosing its no- and low-calorie range but declined to reveal sales figures.