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NEDLAC-commissioned report backs South Africa’s “sugar tax”

A recently leaked report on the health promotion levy’s economic impacts affirms that the levy can play an important role in financing healthcare in South Africa. However, the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA) disputes the report’s claims — based on flawed methodology — that the levy will lead to job losses. In 2018, South Africa introduced …

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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 …

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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?

Easy-to-understand labels could save your time in the shop — and your health. Let’s face it: Nutrition labels are hard to read. In South Africa, confusing and overly technical nutritional information is buried at the back of the tins, boxes and bottles we buy at the store. But front-of-package labelling translates the information consumers need …

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

04 March 2021 “The science is clear on the harmful effects of sugar added to beverages and the strong, beneficial, effects of your current Health Promotion Levy (HPL).” Over 35 top experts on obesity, diet-related diseases and public health from some of the world’s leading universities have written to Treasury officials to support increasing the …

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#LockdownSA: Looming food emergency due to structural inequalities

  The nutrition challenges facing South Africa are complex and underpinned by historical and current inequalities, while undernutrition coexists with the rising incidence of obesity and non-communicable diseases, say experts. Associations and experts working in nutrition and food systems say that the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent national lockdown has emphasised the importance of food security and nutritional wellbeing for all in the country.   They …

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#Helpafriendout: Community-led project centres nutrition needs

“Growing up, I used to help my grandparents with their small garden where we grew flowers, cabbage and spinach. That’s where I developed an interest in farming,” says Amogelang Moroba, chairperson of the Soshanguve-based organisation #Helpafriendout. Food security and hunger has come to the fore in South Africa, as the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdown has exacerbated pre-existing …

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#CoronavirusSA: Diabetes inaction will cost lives

Integrating diabetes testing and prevention strategies into the country’s Covid-19 response plans are key to reducing the mortalities the country may face, writes Karyn Maughan. Diabetes – a life-long condition in which the body either cannot make enough insulin or cannot effectively use what it produces – is on the rise in South Africa, with the International …

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