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SA’s obesity caused by big business not greedy people

January 29, 2019
News  

Malnutrition, which includes both obesity and undernutrition, is the leading cause of poor health around the world, and the culprits for the costly obesity epidemic aren’t individual couch potatoes. Instead, governments have failed to curb ‘big food’ placing everybody’s health at stake, according to a major report.

Sugary drinks tax nets almost R800-million

September 19, 2018
News  

The tax on sugary drinks tax has already generated almost R800-million since it was introduced on 1 April, according to Treasury.

Can higher ‘sin taxes’ help the economy?

September 17, 2018
News  

The sugary drinks tax has already generated almost R800-million, and there is a growing call for even higher “sin taxes” to help reverse the VAT increase. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green reports.

Award for HEALA advocate

September 12, 2018
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)  

Tracey Malawana, the founder of the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA), was last night presented with the 2018 PHILA Emerging Practitioner Award by the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA).

SA’s first health tax – but will it work?

April 3, 2018
News  

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.

NHI gets cash but detail is vague

February 22, 2018
News  

BUDGET: R4,2-billion has been allocated the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme to be spent over the three years – but exactly how the NHI will work remains vague

Act ushers in April sugar levy

December 15, 2017
News  

South Africans will start paying tax on sugary drinks from 1 April 2018, according to an Act gazetted yesterday.