The Ministry of Health and Wellness is embroiled in a dispute with Shine Coaching Services Company for advertising Xango fruit juice by advertising as a medicine.
The juice has in recent weeks become popular and was being distributed in the country as a medicinal product.
Following a tip-off from some members of the public about the product, the ministry issued a press release warning against buying the product as a medicine advised that it was a fruit juice.
But after learning about the concerns raised by the ministry, Shine Coaching Services Director Yvonne Moruakgomo, who specialises in life coaching, rushed to meet Ministry of Health officials to resolve their differences over the issue of advertising the product as a medicine.
Moruakgomo told this publication that they were aware of the ministry’s concern but denied selling the product as a medicine.
“We work with Xango Company which distributes the fruit Juice but we have never advertised it as a medicine like it is perceived by members of the community. But like any other product that have its good results after taking it, some people think it is a medicinal product. But our view is that it is a product that has some supplementary value in the body as a juice,” said Moruakgomo.
She said after the press release was issued, the company found it fit to sit down with ministry officials to tell their side of the story relating to their involvement with the product.
“What I can tell you is that we had a meeting with Ministry officials this afternoon and Dr Seiponeng who is Deputy Permanent Secretary – Health Services was present and we admitted that the product is a fruit Juice and not a medicinal product. We also made it clear to them that we never intended to give the public false identity of the product,” said Moruakgomo.
She said the Ministry would not remove the product from any supermarket or will not stop them from distributing the product because they have resolved to iron out any misunderstanding or misinterpretation of how the product should be perceived.
Moruakgomo also advised the public to buy the product as a fruit juice which can boast energy or have supplementary value.