The Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA) together with people affected by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) handed over the Health Promotion Levy — commonly known as the sugary drinks tax — petition to Treasury. Treasury accepted the petitions and memorandum of demand from HEALA on Monday, 10 February 2020 but Minister Tito Mboweni was not present, so Treasury’s chief of staff Marlon Geswint accepted on his behalf. The petition was signed by more than 17 000 people. With two weeks away from the national budget speech, HEALA is calling for an increase in the sugary drinks tax from 11% to 20%, as well as the inclusion of fruit juices to the tax for the health of South Africans.
Please see attached press release and images relating to the petition handover.
Please feel free to contact me should you require any further information or an interview with Lawrence Mbalati, HEALA’s programme manager.