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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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Sugar Tax: How corporates lied to National Treasury

Sugar-sweetened beverage producers submitted evidence that was out of context and exaggerated in their appeal against South Africa’s proposed new sugar levy, research has found. Coca-Cola, the Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) and the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa (AmCham) manipulated evidence in their bid to stop the government from implementing a …

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From farm to plate: Food safety is everyone’s business

The United Nations has declared 7 June the first World Food Safety Day to strengthen efforts to ensure what we eat is safe. Every year, nearly one in 10 people in the world, about 600-million people, fall ill and 420,000 die after eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances. Unsafe food hinders development in …

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Tongaat Hulett bosses must ‘pay back the money’

The financial scandal of South Africa’s largest sugar producer hurts its blue-collar employees, who are already marginalised and at risk of non-communicable diseases, the most. In recent years, South Africa experienced unprecedented corporate governance scandals and failures of many companies that have propelled the government to establish systems that promote higher standards of ethical conduct, …

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