PUBLIC VIEWS ON VAT
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.