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Sugary drinks tax turns one — amid opposition

April 1, 2019
News  

The tax on sugary drinks has raised almost R3 billion. Coca-Cola says it has reduced the sugar levels of its drinks range by more than a quarter, irritating those who said the levy wouldn’t cut sugar consumption. But is the profit being used for health promotion? Could political parties rally against it after the election?

Sugar industry job loss claims are premature – Treasury

March 27, 2019
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It is premature for the sugar industry to claim that the sugary drinks tax is causing job losses, according to Treasury.

‘Soda taxes work’

February 26, 2019
ANA   News  

Sugary drink consumption has been slashed by more than half, three years after the city of Berkeley introduced a levy on these products.

#Budget2019: Tiny increase in sugary drinks tax

February 20, 2019
News  

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has announced a marginal increase in the tax on sugary drinks during his Budget speech, mainly to “avoid an erosion in the value of the tax due to inflation”.

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
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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.