South Africa faces a double burden of hunger and malnutrition, on the one hand, and obesity with associated non-communicable diseases (NCDs), on the other. This is a condition known as “hidden hunger”.
Health campaigners have welcomed the tax, citing obesity in South Africa, where 42% of women and 13% of men categorised as obese.
Will S.A's proposed sugar tax address the obesity challenge of the country, or undermine the sugar-sweetened beverages sector?
The National Treasury has proposed a 20 percent tax on sugar sweetened drinks under a plan that delighted health campaigners.