HEALA focuses its campaign work on two campaigns the Sugar Tax and Front-of-Package Warning Labels. We also run smaller campaigns that aim to keep big food producers in check and create greater awareness of the importance of nutrition in health. Read more on these campaigns below.
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.
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.