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The Department of Health is a government department and has as its vision a long and healthy life for all South Africans. The mission is to improve health status through the prevention of illnesses and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and to consistently improve the healthcare delivery system by focusing on access, equity, efficiency, quality and sustainability. Current priorities are to (i) increase life expectancy, (ii) decrease maternal and child mortality, (iii) combat HIV and AIDS and decrease the burden of disease from TB and (iv) strengthen health system effectiveness.
The Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA) strives to advance the scientific study of nutrition to promote appropriate strategies for the improvement of nutritional well-being. We aim to enable people to make informed decisions about their diet, putting science at the centre of sound nutrition.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSF), a non-profit organisation, plays a leading role in the fight against preventable heart disease and stroke, with the aim of seeing fewer South Africans suffer premature deaths and disabilities. Their mission is to encourage prevention at all levels, empower South Africans to adopt healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices easier. They provide information and support to build healthy communities, advocate at all levels to minimise South Africans’ risk of developing heart disease and stroke, and support research for improved tools and methods of CVD prevention.
The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) is a member organisation that acts as the representative body of the entire consumer goods industry. Established in 2002, they have more than 12 000 member companies, large and small, across the consumer goods value chain – including the retail, wholesale and manufacturing sectors. The CGCSA facilitates engagement between stakeholders in the industry, and they represent the interests of the industry to the government and other relevant parties. Their vision is to be a trusted and reliable industry voice for the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry in South Africa and their mission to help grow, nurture and protect the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.
The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA is an initiative by Milk South Africa, which was formed in 2007 to communicate the health and nutritional benefits of milk and other dairy products to consumers and health professionals in South Africa. The project communicates knowledge from different disciplines to the target audience through television, digital media, print and radio. A combination of sound scientific information and good understanding of consumer behaviour anchors the project. Three servings a day is advised as this makes a meaningful contribution to the diet by providing good quality protein, a variety of essential vitamins as well as calcium and other minerals. Visit:
ADSA, the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, represents, develops and promotes the continued growth of the dietetic profession in South Africa. In line with their slogan "If it's about nutrition, ask a dietitian" they are always working towards achieving optimal nutrition for all South Africans. To find a dietitian in your area, go to