sugar tax

Sugar tax is actually a stealth tax, claims IRR

There is no substantial evidence to indicate National Treasury’s proposed 20% tax on sugar- sweetened beverages (SSBs) may curb obesity, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR). The IRR published a policy paper, A stealth tax, not a health tax. The paper indicates that the “mathematical model”[…]

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South Africans shouldn’t say no to a sugar tax

Debates on a proposed tax for sugar sweetened beverages in South Africa have reached fever pitch with the local food and beverage industry squaring up against the proposed sugary drinks tax expected to be implemented in April 2017. Professor Karen Hofman and Aviva Tugendhaft provide a few facts. What difference[…]

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Budget blues for consumers

Consumers burdened by debt will be hardest hit by increases in fuel and tax levies announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget yesterday. Although analysts said that Gordhan was left with little choice but to craft a tight budget, consumers complained his measures would leave them short. Many Capetonians[…]

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