Amid calls for the projected R 11 billion revenue for the proposed sugary drinks tax to be ring fenced to fight South Africa’s epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), National Treasury has affirmed that it has no intention to earmark taxes as it “is unsound fiscal policy”.
The beverage industry was in full force in Sandton this week, fuming about government’s proposed tax on sugary drinks. But government is standing firm, saying it has a duty to protect people’s health.
A 19 year-old disabled student at the University of Venda, experienced going to bed at night as an extremely stressful end to his day. But thanks to a special new bed he has been given, he can now sleep happily.
Monday’s deadline for comment and responses by industry stakeholders and the public to Treasury’s proposal that a tax be imposed on sugary drinks has kicked the conflict between those in favour of the measure and those against it into high gear.