Manuel will still tax food

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has refused to zero-rate a number of foodstuffs for value-added tax despite pleas from left wing organisations including the South African Communist Party and the trade union federation Cosatu. Manuel said the Treasury had considered the request to zero-rate additional basic foodstuffs "but has not found compelling empirical evidence and equity reasons to do so". - I-Net Bridge

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has refused to zero-rate a number of foodstuffs for value-added tax despite pleas from left wing organisations including the South African Communist Party and the trade union federation Cosatu. Manuel said the Treasury had considered the request to zero-rate additional basic foodstuffs "but has not found compelling empirical evidence and equity reasons to do so". - I-Net Bridge

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