Various processes are under way within the government and in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), to resolve differences over the proposed health promotion levy, previously dubbed the sugar tax. Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat said on Tuesday that an interdepartmental committee comprising the Treasury and the departments of economic development, agriculture, trade and industry and labour, was working on a mitigation strategy to limit the effects of the proposed levy on sugary beverages. The proposal is to tax sugary beverages at a rate of 2.1c per gram of sugar beyond a threshold of 4g of sugar per 100ml. Industry has estimated that job losses across the value chain would number about 24,000, with 1,795 permanent and 2,835 seasonal jobs being lost in sugarcane farming. Union federation Cosatu’s estimate is that about 7,000 jobs would lost. Momoniat told Parliament’s standing committee on finance that he was "optimistic" a solution would be ...

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