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southafricalogoBusiness Report writes that labour federations have called on the National Treasury to revisit submissions and engage meaningfully on the contentious sugar tax now that its implementation has been deferred.  

Treasury’s Ismail Momoniat announced on Tuesday that implementation of the so-called sugar tax would be delayed until April 2018.  The Treasury had proposed a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, which was supposed to be implemented in April this year.  But industry body, the Beverage Association of SA (BevSA), rallied against the proposed tax, saying if implemented, it would cost between 62,000 and 72,000 jobs.  “We hope that during this postponement period they will attend to some of the submissions regarding the issue of jobs,” said Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla.  Fedusa’s Dennis George said that the postponement should be used to establish a “proper dialogue on this matter so that we can scrutinise its impact on the economy”.  His counterpart from Nactu, Narius Moloto, agreed.  Saftu’s Moleko Phakedi said:  “The consultation should strike a balance between (promotion of) good health and job creation.  The tax shouldn’t attain good health at the expense of jobs in the sector.”  Phakedi said the consultations should be inclusive and bemoaned the fact that Saftu’s affiliate, the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu), was left out of the Nedlac discussions on the matter.

  • Read the original of the report by Luyolo Mkentane at SA Labour News
  • See too, Sugar tax likely to be implemented in April 2018, but concerns remain about job losses, at BusinessTech

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