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Sugary drinks tax turns one — amid opposition

April 1, 2019
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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.

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
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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.

Myth-busting the new sugar tax

April 3, 2018
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There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the sugar tax which was officially implemented on April 1. The tax, equivalent to a levy of about 11 percent on can of coke, is aimed at tackling South Africa’s obesity epidemic and the diseases associated with it. Health-e News busted five common myths.

Sugar tax: The fight against sugar is just beginning

March 19, 2018
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South Africa is less than two weeks away from implementing the hard-won tax on sugary drinks. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said now that “we’ve got a foot in the door” he will strengthen the government’s fight against the negative health impacts of sugar by pushing for a higher tax.