The Beverage association strongly stands against the Minister of Finance’s plans to introduce sugar tax by 2017.
In his budget speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that a sugar tax will be levied with effect from 1 April 2017 to help curb the tide of obesity in South Africa.
Stephen Grootes spoke to Mapule Ncanywa, Beverage Executive Director about the association is opposing the sugar tax.
Listen to the full conversation below:
The intended indication of the Minister was to curb excessive sugar intake— Mapule Ncanywa, Beverage Executive Director
If that is the case, clearly implementing tax on sugar is not the right way to go about it— Mapule Ncanywa, Beverage Executive Director
We know from other markets that have taken this path that it is not the way we will get desired results, that’s why we are against it.— Mapule Ncanywa, Beverage Executive Director