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nedlacHeath24 reports that the proposed tax on sugary drinks is likely to go ahead later this year, following negotiations between government, labour and industry at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).  

“It’s quite clear that the tax will happen and maybe even this year.  If not, the conservative estimate is for the tax to be introduced at the beginning of the next tax season in March 2018,” Cosatu’s Matthew Parks indicated.  He was speaking after the Nedlac discussions held the Friday before last.  Negotiations are due to continue this week, but Parks said the debate was now less about whether or not there should be a tax and more about how to mitigate against job losses and save livelihoods.  The beverage industry and sugar farmers have warned of massive job losses should the tax be implemented and Cosatu, while conceding the unhealthy effects of sugary drinks, has also raised its concern about job losses.  Nedlac excludes the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), which represents most of the workers who could be affected by the tax-related job losses.

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