Sugar tax bill gets nod, comes into effect April 2018

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has passed the tax on sugary drinks.

The sugar tax forms part of the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Revenue Law Amendment Bill.

Government has said that the sugar tax, which is set to be implemented on 1 April next year, is meant to compensate for the negative effects of unhealthy foods.

Stephen Grootes spoke to deputy director at Priceless SA (Priority Cost Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening) Aviva Tugendhaft about what this means.

We want this tax in place so it will help reduce consumption, reduce the burden on the healthcare system and families.

Aviva Tugendhaft, Deputy Director at Priceless SA

Taxes actually do work. The design of this tax is particularity good because it is on the sugar content itself. Those drinks with higher sugar will cost you more and it will incentivise industry to reduce the sugar contents in their drinks.

Aviva Tugendhaft, Deputy Director at Priceless SA

Click on the link below to hear more from Tugendhaft....


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