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PEARL DLAMINI (MBA­BANE) This does not make any sense. We are un­em­ployed and find­ing jobs is dif­fi­cult. In­creas­ing the VAT means our lives are now go­ing to be more dif­fi­cult. Even start­ing your own busi­ness is not go­ing to be easy since every­thing will be more ex­pen­sive.

NDABILE NKAM­BULE (DLANGENI) Who ben­e­fits? If the VAT in­creases the econ­omy should also in­crease as well but for us it’s been years since our salaries have in­creased but the ba­sic things we need for sur­vival like bread and elec­tric­ity are al­ways on the rise. There­fore in my opin­ion if VAT in­creases our salaries should do so as well.

NONTSIKELELO DLAMINI (SANDLA) Al­though I am work­ing but such is not fair. It was go­ing to make more sense if the in­crease in VAT comes with salary in­creases be­cause in that way things are go­ing to bal­ance. The in­crease sig­ni­fies that life is about to be dif­fi­cult for us as Emaswati.

NATHI NKAM­BULE (DLANGENI) It’s not right. Ac­cord­ing to my un­der­stand­ing food is now go­ing to be ex­pen­sive and this means our stan­dard of liv­ing is go­ing to de­crease. It is in times like these that peo­ple turn into crime.

MOSHOESHOE NKAM­BULE (SIPHOFANENI) It should be well ex­plained. I think its best that those re­spon­si­ble should ex­plain to the ci­ti­zens of Eswa­tini what VAT in­crease means to them. Daily we are faced with sur­vival chal­lenges and it’s wrong for us to panic but this should be prop­erly ex­plained.

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