Residents welcome ‘sin tax’ increases

2017-03-08 06:02
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his budget speech on February 22.Photo: sourced

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his budget speech on February 22.Photo: sourced

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SOME Durban residents were pleased with the latest budget speech by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as he announced a rise in “sin tax”.

Gordhan said malt beer will increase by 12c per 340 ml can, unfortified wine by 23c per 750 ml bottle, fortified wine will increase by 26c per 750 ml bottle and sparkling wine by 70c per 750 ml bottle.

Ciders and fruity alcoholic drinks go up by 12c per 340 ml bottle, spirits by R4,43 per 750 ml bottle, cigarettes by R1,06 per 20 pack, cigarette tobacco by R1,19 per 50 g, pipe tobacco by 40c per 25 g and cigars by R6,58 per 23 g.

The Fever spoke to residents around the city who shared their views. Resident Alex Reed said he was on the edge of his seat during the speech. “There were many highs and lows of the Budget speech, yet I am extremely happy that sin taxes have gone up so drastically as this will help lower social ills,” he said.

Reed said driving around the city he sees smokers throw their cigarette butts on the ground, which adds into making streets filthy. “Now that the price of cigarettes has increased, I hope this will reduce the number of smokers.”

Jerry Chetty said he gets very upset when he sees the younger generation drinking alcohol and smoking.

“These children are just out of school, and the legal age limit to drink and smoke is only 18. If they start so young it can become an addiction.” he said.

“We need to protect our youth from heading down such destructive paths. With the increase in the cost of alcohol and cigarettes, I hope people will think twice before spending hard-earned money on these products. It is not worth it.”


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