Tourists pay for ‘bran­nas and coke’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

IF YOU or­der in Afrikaans, you will get your brandy and Coke for R18 at Hat­field Square in Pre­to­ria.

But speak­ing with a for­eign ac­cent will cost you dearly – R55 for the same drink.

Martin White, the or­gan­iser of Hat­field Square’s “month-long soc­cer party”, told Beeld news­pa­per that for­eign­ers were charged more to fund the square’s ad­di­tional se­cu­rity mea­sures dur­ing the World Cup.

“If I can as­sure a tourist’s safety in re­turn for him pay­ing a higher pre­mium on his beer, then I have done my job,” said White.

The news­pa­per re­ported that sev­eral restau­rants and pubs at the Hat­field Square were charg­ing tourists much more than lo­cals for their drinks.

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