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South Africa is first African country attempting to tax sugary beverages

Melanie Wong | Mar 14, 201606:07 PM

" . . . Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan introduced the tax on everything from carbonated soft drinks to flavoured water in February's budget speech, partly as a way to tackle the country's bulging budget deficit, but also to deal with people's bulging waistlines.

South Africa has not been spared as obesity levels have soared around the world in the past couple of decades.

According to a 2014 World Health Organization (WHO) estimate, one in four South Africans are obese. . ."

Why South Africans will pay 'sin tax' for fizzy drinks - BBC News

South Africa has joined the battle against sugar but will this be enough to tackle obesity and aid a struggling economy, asks the BBC's Pumza Fihlani.

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