Levy increase would not solve anything – Mangole

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The increase of levy on alcohol beverages would not reduce the level of drinking, but would instead impoverish people, kill the economy and drive away investors and tourists, warned MP for Kgatleng East, Gilbert Mangole on Tuesday.

He was responding to a presentation on budget allocation for Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture in which the minister said he intends to engage youth role models to address their peers throughout the country on the dangers of alcohol abuse.

He said this communication initiative is better than that adopted by President Ian Khama of increasing the levy, a move that has already proved ineffective. He warned that people who drink alcohol would soon reduce the family budget to cover the deficit if government goes ahead with increasing the levy. He added that the levy would impact badly on [continue reading]

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