August 16, 2016 / 12:10 PM / 3 years ago

Sugar tax to cost 60,000 jobs in South Africa - industry executive

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 16 (Reuters) - South Africa could lose 60,000 jobs in the beverage industry due to a proposed tax on sugary drinks, chairman of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Phil Gutsche, said on Tuesday.

The National Treasury has proposed a 20 percent tax on sugar sweetened drinks under a plan that delighted health campaigners and angered drink makers. The sector employs about 200,000 people in a country where unemployment is at near record high. (Reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng; Editing by James Macharia)

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