Levies cause more harm than good

Business Botswana last week called a stakeholders meeting where among other issues, government levies were discussed. It emerged that there are about 37 special funds, 19 of which were financed through the levies introduced over the last six years years.

Participants from the private sector shared their frustrations, and the inconveniences caused by these levies.

Speakers minced no words on what they deemed problematic ones, such as the UTC milk, wheat flour, alcohol, road safety, tourism and the BOTA training levies.  They, however, agreed that some, particularly the National Electrification Special Fund and the Road levies, were justified.

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A woman’s right to choose: Or is it?

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