Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi hit the headlines this week with criticism of junk food advertising: “Minister targets junk food”.
He is also keen to ban all alcohol advertising.
Despite a feeling in some quarters that he might be tilting at the wrong windmills instead of concentrating on the crisis in hospitals, I admire the energy with which the Minister approaches his task. He’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get busy. It’s a refreshing change from some ministers who seem to do nothing but run up bills in fancy hotels.
I won’t be surprised if stringent new junk food advertising limits are introduced. Making laws is what politicians do best. But it raises a red flag for me: how far do we want our lives and the world around us to be controlled by a myriad of laws and caveats?
I must confess, as a non-smoker I enjoy what the anti-smoking laws have done. I am old enough to remember when some movie houses allowed smoking, and even teachers would stand at the front of the class with a Camel plain hanging off their lips. It was smelly, unpleasant and unhealthy to be subjected to second-hand smoke.
Where does it end?