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World Diabetes Day, HEALA CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION

In recent years, it has become very clear that South Africans are consuming more ultra-processed foods that are high in sugar, salt, and saturated fat, contributing to an alarming increase in the numbers of obesity and higher levels of Noncommunicable Disease rates. This has resulted in an alarming  increase in the number of South Africans …

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PRESS STATEMENT: HEALA Calls For Accountability and Transparency From Finance Minister Godongwana

Press Release 21 October 2022   For Immediate Release   HEALA CALLS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND PUBLIC TRANSPARENCY FROM FINANCE MINISTER GODONGWANA…   During the 2022 Budget Speech, the Minister of Finance announced a planned increase to the HPL of 4.5% – raising the levy from 2.21 cents to 2.31 cents per gram of sugar for …

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STATEMENT: We can’t rely on food and beverage industry to safeguard our health

A cursory walk around the supermarket shows that South African shops are inundated with pre-packaged foods that are processed with high levels of added sugars, salt, and saturated fats. South African’s who want to make better health choices are thwarted by incomprehensible and food labels.  Nutrition illiteracy and the availability of these foods is wreaking …

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STATEMENT: Parents want to make healthy food choices for their children

Making healthy food choices is almost impossible when you do not know what is in the food you are eating.    When shown images of foods with warning labels, parents indicated that they would buy less foods high in nutrients of concern that were labelled as “high in sugar, sodium, saturated fat” and switch to non-labelled, …

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No evidence that voluntary actions by the food and beverage industry can safeguard public health

Recent research by PRICELESS SA at the University of Witwatersrand School of Public Health found that there is no evidence that voluntary actions by the food and beverage industry can safeguard public health.   The increasing availability of unhealthy, ultra-processed foods is linked to rising rates of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes and hypertension, …

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Parents may make healthier food purchases when ultra-processed foods include warning labels

Researchers from the University of Limpopo, the University of Western Cape, and the University of North Carolina investigated how warning labels impacted parents’ food purchasing decisions and perceptions of unhealthy food. When shown images of foods with warning labels, parents indicated that they would buy less foods high in nutrients of concern that were labeled …

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Treasury chooses special interests over people

16 May 2022 For interviews, contact: Nzama Mbalati, HEALA 082 734 5414 Nzama@heala.org 16 May 2022 Treasury’s postponement of a planned 4.5% increase to the health promotion levy, announced in the 2022 Budget, raises concerns about who calls the shots on the country’s national economic and health policy. The increase, initially announced to go into …

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PMBEJD survey finds over 11% increase food costs compared to 2021

In the May Household Affordability Index, the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group reported the average cost of the Household Food Basket at R4,609.89 –  an increase of more than 11% compared to May 2021.  More than half of the 44 foods in the food basket increased in price, with cooking oil leading the pack. The researchers …

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HEALA: 2022 Division of Revenue Proposals

Treasury announces a postponement to the HPL increase

o4 April 2022   To:    Hon. E Godongwana Minister of Finance Per email: Cathy.Shilubana@treasury.gov.za; Mary.Marumo@treasury.gov.za cc:     Hon. J Maswanganyi MP, Chairperson Standing Committee on Finance National Assembly Per email: tsepanya@parliament.gov.za; awicomb@parliament.gov.za Hon. YI Carrim MP, Chairperson Select Committee on Finance National Council of Provinces Per email: tsepanya@parliament.gov.za; awicomb@parliament.gov.za Hon. SM Dhlomo MP, Chairperson Portfolio Committee …

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