The SABC has been challenged to have more educational programmes that encourage people to adopt healthy lifestyles in order to reduce disease.
This has emerged during a panel discussion at the launch of the #WhatsInMyFoodCampaign organised by the Healthy Living Alliance in Johannesburg.
#WhatsInMyFood Launch: Panel of experts discussing the rights for SA’s to know what’s in their food, the need for clear food labels, the current unhealthy food environment in the country & the negative health implications of consuming unhealthy food. pic.twitter.com/zYVetErvbH
— HEALA (@heala_SA) February 21, 2019
The campaign is aimed at encouraging South Africans to question what is in their processed foods and to understand the levels of sugar, salt and saturated fats that impact their health.
South Africa is currently the most obese nation in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Right 2 Know’s Thami Nkosi says, “How do we engage with SABC to transmit what is important for the public? That’s their first mandate. What’s the point of covering state capture for eight hours? Well it sells, it’s a media industrial complex, they are making millions by watching Agrizzi being racist and you say you can’t play a 30 minutes programme about healthy living.”
“We then need to engage with the public broadcaster and simply say, we need not necessarily fund the department of health to then start a channel, you are here your mandate is to service the people,” says Nkosi.