Coca-Cola has responded to the tax on sugary drinks by cutting the sugar in its drinks.
While government officials promised results by May, activists say they’ve had to put pressure on officials for any progress to happen.
Thirteen-year-old Ruan Malan was born a healthy boy in 2006 – or so his parents thought. His mother, Julia, remembers the family’s joy when they took their baby boy home from the hospital after three days; he was just like any normal newborn.
Profit seems to be the only logic driving medicine prices, with some African countries paying more for medicine than European countries, and US citizens paying some of the highest medicine prices in the world. There are global efforts to rein in excessive profiteering but removing the secrecy around prices is complicated.
Rural areas bear the brunt of healthcare worker shortages and this inequality needs to be solved, before any form of National Health Insurance (NHI) is possible.