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#LockdownSA: Prioritise feeding hungry learners

Discussions about the schooling program for the rest of the year are still underway, but the majority of children who rely on the National School Nutrition Programme remain without access to their meals. Equal Education (EE) together with education, children’s advocacy and social justice organisations such the Children’s Institute, Section27 and the Centre for Child …

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#LockdownSA: Increased child support grant is a ‘massive relief

  Organisations advocating for the adequate nutritional needs of children have cautiously welcomed the move from President Cyril Ramaphosa to increase social and economic relief for the next six months. Community advocacy group Amandla.mobi is calling for an increase in the child support grant, and are pleased with the President’s announcement — bolstering social support …

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Sparking a fresh fruit revival in the heart of Venda

Tshakhuma Fruit Market attracts tourists from all over South Africa, but locals consumption of the market’s offering of fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts is dwindling, according to fruit vendors. “We are fortunate as people of Venda [Vhembe] to have so many fruits at our disposal, but I don’t think we value all these fruits enough. …

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Health minister supports the reduction of sugar in sweetened beverages

Currently, the health promotion levy — implemented in April 2018 — is almost half of the World Health Organisation’s recommendation which research has shown could be more effective. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize “supports the principle” of the Health Promotion Levy, commonly known as the sugary drinks tax, his spokesperson Dr Lwazi Manzi told Health-e.  …

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Calls for South Africa’s sugary drinks tax to increase intensify

Activists say Treasury and national health department must abide by international health standards for the levy on sugary drinks to be effective in curbing the rise of non-communicable diseases in the country. Ahead of the midterm budget speech civil society organisations demanded  National Treasury commit to increasing the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), commonly known as …

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Fighting stunting and obesity with food

Non-profit organisation (NPO), Meals on Wheels Community Services South Africa is dedicated to providing wholesome dishes to impoverished people in Limpopo. Meals on Wheels Limpopo area director, Mpho Rantsoabe says the organisation combats stunting and obesity in communities because the meals they serve are well-balanced. Fighting for health According to Grow Great, a campaign working …

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Hidden dangers in food marketed to children

Salt, sugar, fat – these are the predominant ingredients in foods that are advertised to children, a study shows. Worldwide the prevalence of childhood obesity and its related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have increased dramatically and South African children are part of these concerning statistics. The figures  “Prevalence of overweight in children (2-14 years) in the …

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