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Open letter: Conflict of Interest at the Third Biennial Conference of the African Research University Alliance

Open letter to: Member Universities and Centres of Excellence within ARUA 23 November 2021 RE: CONFLICT OF INTEREST AT THE THIRD BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE AFRICAN RESEARCH UNIVERSITY ALLIANCE (ARUA), GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES: FACING THEM IN AFRICA (17 – 19 NOVEMBER 2021) We are a group of concerned public health practitioners and academics working …

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Joint sign-on letter: Nestlé’s violation of SA Regulation R991 (on foodstuffs for infants and young children)

12.08.21 Dear National Department of Health RE: Nestlé’s violation of SA Regulation R991 (on foodstuffs for infants and young children) It has come to our attention that Nestlé has sponsored a (now cancelled) free event that was planned for the 14 August 2021 that violates South African law. The event was advertised together with You, …

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#NotTodayNestlé: Food giant Nestlé flouts SA law. Again.

12 August 2021 Food giant Nestlé flouts SA law. Again. Food and beverage company Nestlé’s latest marketing campaign violates long-standing national health department regulations meant to safeguard the nutrition and health of South African children. It’s not the first time the company has done this but it should be the last. On 14 August, Nestlé …

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New Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform South Africa’s food policies

New Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform South Africa’s food policies 06 August 2021 The Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA) welcomes the appointments of Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla and Deputy Health Minister Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo. HEALA urges the ministers to prioritise reforms for equitable access to healthy food. These appointments …

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What is front-of-package labelling, and why does South Africa need it?

South African shops are inundated with pre-packaged foods that are processed with high levels of added sugars, salt, and saturated fats. The dominance of these unhealthy products in stores, incomprehensible food labels and aggressive advertising by the food industry undermine the consumers’ ability to choose healthier food options. We advocate for front-of-package warning labels so that people know exactly what’s in their food, so they can make more informed decisions.

The evidence is clear: Sugary beverages are harmful; SA’s Health Promotion Levy is helpful

The health promotion levy, commonly known as the sugary drinks tax, was introduced in April 2018, at a watered-down 11% instead of the proposed 20% recommended by the World Health Organisation. We are campaigning to have the tax increased to 20%, to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages even further and fight obesity and its associated non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and stroke.

Budget Speech 2021: Treasury just cost South Africa billions here’s why

For interviews, contact: Lawrence Mbalati, head of the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA) 082 734 5414 lawrence@heala.org 24 February 2021 Treasury’s failure to raise the health promotion levy to 20% has cost the country billions in lost revenue to fight Covid-19 and is a missed opportunity to save lives in the long-term, says health advocacy organisation …

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Media release: Call to the Minister of Finance to increase the sugary drinks tax to 20%

18 February 2021 Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA), Centre for Communication Impact (CCI) and other partners are launching a Mass Media Campaign on the 18th of February 2021 to organise support and raise the public’s awareness about the harms of excessive consumption of unhealthy foods and the most effective policy-related solutions to the problem. The partnership, …

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New study exposes political practices of food and beverage industry in South Africa

First evidence of food and beverage industry tactics to counter public health policies in South Africa indicates partnerships with government and calls for greater transparency to stop undue influence Johannesburg –29 July In the first study of its kind, researchers have uncovered the variety of strategies used by the food and beverage industry in South …

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