FMF NEWSLETTER 20 February 2019

20 February 2019
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FMF NEWSLETTER 20 February 2019   
 
ARTICLE of the week  

Why the outrage over sugar tax job losses? Or, “we told you so” – MARTIN VAN STADEN

The Sunday Tribune reports that as many as 350,000 jobs are at stake in the industries reliant on sugar. Coca-Cola South Africa says it may need to shed up to 1,000 employees. To a greater or lesser extent, the sugar tax that government instituted in April 2018, is fingered as a culprit in this tragedy. Taxes are not helpful. It is time to come to terms with that reality. We cannot tax ourselves into prosperity. South Africa needs economic freedom and a government that respects freedom of choice.

The Free Market Foundation (FMF) noted in 2017 that, for a change, trade unions and the FMF were of one mind about something: that the sugar tax posed a threat to the employment of several thousand people across South Africa. We hoped that this alone would be an indication to government – when organised labour and the free market lobby both disagree with a policy – that it must abandon the introduction of the tax. In its usual, unresponsive fashion, government pressed ahead.

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