The World Health Organization and the American Heart Association recently supported the Government of South Africa’s decision to implement a tax on sugary beverages as part of the country’s support for optimal health.
On February 22, 2017, South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan announced that South Africa’s sugary drinks tax would be implemented later this year. This tax was announced as part of the government’s 2017-2018 budget. With the announcement of the tax, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement strongly supporting the South African’s tax as a way to promote the health of its citizens. Read the full statement by WHO, and learn more about the tax here.
In addition, the American Heart Association applauded the efforts by the South African Government. As a member of the NCD Alliance and the World Heart Federation, the AHA has adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global goal to reduce premature mortality of non-communicable diseases (NDC) by 25% by 2025 and recognizes that reducing the consumption of SSBs is an important strategy to improving cardiovascular health.