The Health Department insists that the proposed sugar tax is one of many other interventions including tackling salt intake in foods.
Parliament's committees on finance and health are hearing arguments on the pros and cons of introducing a sugar tax.
Public hearings are being held to allow a wide range of organisations to present their arguments for and against the proposal, reports EWN's Lindsay Dentlinger.
The Health Department has said it wants to curb growing obesity, poor dental health, early on-set of diabetes and other illnesses.
They're reiterating the Health Department's case.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
Treasury explained how the sugar tax would be implemented, explaining that it may not be limited to sugar- sweetened drinks and could include taxing fruit juices too.
Medical experts from UCT have also argued in favour of the tax, Dentlinger explains.
At the same time MPs have raised concerns relating to job losses in the sugar industry and the impact on poor citizens.
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