South Africa is among the top 10 countries with the highest consumers of sugary drinks in the world.
Research has shown that drinking just one sugary fizzy drink a day increases ones’ chance of being overweight by 27% for adults and 55% for children. Diabetes alone claimed more than 25 000 lives in 2015, and public health facilities reported seeing 10 000 new diabetes cases every month last year.
In 2018, South Africa implemented the 11 per cent on sugary drinks, called the Health Promotion Levy, after HEALA and its partners’ campaigns advocated for a 20% tax. A 20% tax is estimated to reduce obesity by 3.8% in men and 2.4% in women. This means there will be 220 000 fewer obese adults.