Canegrowers association seeks answers on sugar tax

Canegrowers association seeks answers on sugar tax

The SA Canegrowers Association has appealed to the government for clarity on what the future holds for the sugar tax.

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The Health Promotion Levy, introduced in 2018, slapped sugary drinks with an additional cost of 11%.

It formed part of government's efforts to tackle diabetes, obesity and other related diseases.

But the SA Canegrowers says it's come at a cost to the country's sugarcane growers.

Aside from the financial blow to the industry - thousands of jobs are under threat. 

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The association's Thomas Funke says KZN's still recovering from two major flooding events this year.

"SA Canegrowers has intimated engagements with the presidency and treasury on the impact of the tax. We will continue these efforts, especially in light of the government's intention to increase the devastating tax. 

"We remain hopeful that sense will prevail and that the minister will scratch this tax in his budget next February." 

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