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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: 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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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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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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What is front-of-package labelling, and why does South Africa need it?

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.

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

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.

Budget Speech 2021: Treasury just cost South Africa billions here’s why

For interviews, contact: Lawrence Mbalati, head of the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA) 082 734 5414 lawrence@heala.org 24 February 2021 Treasury’s failure to raise the health promotion levy to 20% has cost the country billions in lost revenue to fight Covid-19 and is a missed opportunity to save lives in the long-term, says health advocacy organisation …

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Media release: Call to the Minister of Finance to increase the sugary drinks tax to 20%

18 February 2021 Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA), Centre for Communication Impact (CCI) and other partners are launching a Mass Media Campaign on the 18th of February 2021 to organise support and raise the public’s awareness about the harms of excessive consumption of unhealthy foods and the most effective policy-related solutions to the problem. The partnership, …

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