Alcohol Tax to Increase

This was announced by the minister of health and social services Bernard Haufiku when he addressed the staff of the ministry in Khomas region yesterday.

Haufiku who was engaging his staff for the first time since his appointment, said he is using the clockwise approach to see, engage and listen to the workers’ grievances.

At the meeting yesterday, Geraldine Kanyinga, chief social worker, expressed concern over the addiction to alcohol in the county and the negative social impact alcohol has on the society and the health of citizens.

Kanyinga said it has become so bad that some health professionals would be drunk on duty, “and it has become an addiction for them”.

Responding to her plea, Haufiku said alcoholism is a serious concern and he is preparing a Cabinet submission so that the alcohol Act is amended.

“I will propose that tax on alcohol increase to the extent that it will not be affordable for many,” he said.

He argued that retailers always have an indication that no alcohol is sold on Sundays and Public holidays.

“But if you come to Katutura, you will be able to buy Jack Daniels on a Sunday,” Haufiku said adding that it is not acceptable for people to be drunk at work.

During his budget statement, minister of finance Calle Schlettwein announced that the duty on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products will increase.

The tax on a quart of beer will go up by 15-and-a-half cents. A bottle of wine will cost 15 cents more, a bottle of sparkling wine goes up by 48 cents.

“A bottle of whisky will go up by N$3,77 and a pack of cigarettes by 82 cents,” Schlettwein said.

Source : The Namibian