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Frans Cronje: Stepping towards a ‘Nanny State’? Why sugar tax should be avoided.

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Many equate a sugar tax to a strict form of nannying. And in South Africa’s case it’s a plan to cut down on levels of obesity. But there’s no historical correlation to prove that adoptng a sugar tax will reduce obesity levels – people will find their sugar elsewhere.

So what is government’s real objective here? Frans Cronje, CEO of the Institute of Race Relations applies his mind to the debate. He’s concerned that South Africans have fought so hard to re-assert their freedom from an overbearing state, but such a tax is forcing them to let go of those rights once again. A good read. – Stuart Lowman

By Frans Cronje*

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