"The government should do something about this because the percentage is rapidly growing, and our health care system is overburdened with the rise in non-communicable disease (NCDs) such as diabetes and stroke. Diabetes is currently the second leading cause of death in South Africa.â
Nkosi said South African children were still exposed to Coca-Colaâs mass advertising billboards in schools, in their homes, on social media and in-store too.
She said the consequence was that South Africaâs children were developing life-threatening NCDs at a very young age.
Commenting on the matter, Coca-Cola public affairs and communication head for South Africa, Asia Sheik, said: âWe have a responsible marketing policy that was launched in 2009 and it is a global policy ... we do not market it to children under the age of 12 and in 2016 we introduced a guideline to schools".
"More than 50 per cent of our signboards have been removed from schools ... we have partnered with schools and government in removing our signed boards from schools. We believe in partnerships," said Sheik.
However, Nkosi said if Coca-Cola does not honour "the pledge" within two weeks, HEALA will ask the SA government to introduce regulation that is going to make sure that marketing of sugary drinks to children is banned.
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