"The country is facing a grave pandemic. It is for this reason that Heala is calling for a sugary drinks tax to increase," says Lawrence Mbalati, Heala's programme manager.
Heala wants brands to change the way they display nutritional information on the packaging of food.
Just like with cigarettes and alcohol, they feel a large warning sign, informing the public that a product has added sugar or salt, should be standard on products.
"Firstly, people have to know what is in their food to make an informed decision. So, where we are at now very few people do not know what is in their food.
"The current packaging model of our food is telling us what is in it, but not in a way that is clear and comprehensible," Mbalati continues.
Heala believes that the lack of regulation in the food and beverage industry is part of the problem. But lack of education is also a major factor as well.
"You can never outrun all those sugary drinks because they have already caused the damage in your body. This is bigger and beyond just what I put in my kids' lunch box, it's a conscience decision that you as an ordinary South African need to stand up against and actually see that you are being manipulated by the industry," says Mbalati.
On their website, Heala currently has a campaign called "What's in my food?" This is where consumers can go to see what nutrients, sugars and fats are in their food. This is the first step to reforming the food and beverage industry according to the organisation.