Non-profit organisation, the Healthy Living Alliance (Heala), has asked Treasury to increase and expand South Africa’s sugar tax as the country deals with growing health issues.

The sugar tax – formally known as the ‘health promotion levy’ – was first introduced by Treasury in 2018. The levy is attached to sugary beverages which have been manufactured in or imported into South Africa.

Currently, the tax applies to carbonated beverages such as Coca-cola but Heala says that it wants the levy to be expanded to include fruit juices which have high sugar content.

The group is also lobbying for a general increase on the tax to 20% – the amount which was originally considered when the levy was first proposed.