Could a 'snack tax' work better than the tax on sugary drinks to curb obesity?

2019-09-06 16:50

Sugary drinks may not be the biggest culprit in obesity - research suggests that a tax on sugary snacks may be even better.

Govts trying to squeeze more out of companies due to tax revenue pressures – expert

2019-03-17 08:24

Corporates must prepare to feel the pinch from various quarters as governments face mounting pressure to collect tax revenue, says an expert at Schroders.

Sifiso Skenjana: SA should be sweeter on the sugar tax

2019-03-04 12:08

SA is Africa's most obese country and is among the world's top consumers of Coke. We really need the sugar tax to bring down healthcare costs, says Sifiso Skenjana.

Despite calls for it to be scrapped, the sugar tax stays and has been increased as well

2019-02-20 16:16

In recent days, there have been calls for Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to scrap the tax on sugary drinks — but to no avail for industry players. Coupled with this, the budget has been marginally increased.

Sugary drinks tax nets almost R800-million

2018-09-19 10:24

The tax on sugary drinks amounts to 2.1 cents per gram of sugar. It represents an 11% increase on a can of Coca-Cola.

WHO Commission criticised for failing to include sugar taxes in new report

2018-06-07 13:18

While a new WHO Independent High-Level Commission report calls for tobacco and alcohol taxes, it fails to do the same for sugary drinks.

VAT-free wish list: eggs and sugar tax in spotlight

2018-04-03 21:00

In an informal survey by Fin24, more consumers share issues they want to raise about the VAT increase and the current 19 VAT-free items.

Sugary drinks tax a go, plastic bag levy up

2018-02-21 16:53

South Africans will be paying more for sugary drinks from April 1 this year, with the new tax expected to contribute R1.9bn in additional revenue.

Tax on sugary drinks signed into law

2017-12-18 14:00

From 2 April 2018, South Africans will be paying approximately 10% of a can of Coca Cola in 'sugar tax'.

3 easy ways to reduce your sugar cravings

2017-07-13 07:22

By making small adjustments to your habits, you can reset your taste buds to crave less sugar over time.


Obesity is Africa's healthcare crisis, too

2019-03-23 07:30

A recent study showed the economic impact of obesity in South Africa is $48.8 bn per year, with non-communicable diseases on the rise, says Kasumi Iwase.

Sugar tax is a bitter pill - and there's no evidence it will curb obesity

2019-03-10 12:48

Obesity is multi-faceted and the sugar tax is a blunt instrument that will cripple an industry already battling the consequences of a prolonged drought, plunging sugar prices and weak protection against cheap imports, says Graeme Stainbank.

Hurting sales: Here's how Berkley's soda tax significantly slashed sales over the years

2019-02-27 19:45

A study shows that soda tax can influence what people buy and be effective in slashing sales, encouraging healthier drinking habits in many.

Fruitree is radically reformulating its popular juices – and at least one person hates the no-sugar version

2019-01-23 17:16

After a complaint about misleading advertising, we compared Fruitree's old and new-style juices. And while both are mostly water, there's a great deal of difference between the sugar and non-sugar versions.

Forget fuel, sugar is the bitter pill to swallow

2018-07-08 09:00

There was, legitimately, a great deal of fuss made in the past week about the fifth increase so far this year in overall fuel prices.

Imports of sugar into SA were accidentally duty free for seven weeks – even as the sugar-tax debate raged

2018-05-28 19:03

And for other parts of 2017, import duties were up to 30% lower than they should have been, says Tongaat Hulett.

Coke drinkers on new sugar tax: 'Leave our sugar alone!'

2018-04-03 17:30

Many consumers understand that South Africa's high burden of disease is caused by excessive sugar consumption.

At the centre of a sugar storm

2018-02-04 06:00

The controversy over tax on sugary drinks whirls around The Beverage Association of SA (BevSA) and, therefore, its executive director, Mapule Ncanywa.

Parliament finally passes sugary drinks tax

2017-12-05 13:16

South Africa is on the right path to reverse the alarming numbers of diabetes cases and other NCDs associated with obesity.

Sugar tax: Job losses far lower than projected by industry

2017-06-22 11:12

There are concerns that the beverage industry could be using the sugar tax as a 'smokescreen' to justify already-planned job cuts.

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