WC Social Development welcomes scrapping of VAT on sanitary pads

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni made the announcement during the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament on Wednesday.

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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development Department has welcomed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s announcement that sanitary pads will be made a zero-tax item as of April 2019.

Mboweni made the announcement during the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament on Wednesday.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says earlier in 2018 Stellenbosch University’s Law Clinic found about 30% of girls in South Africa do not attend school when they are menstruating because they cannot afford sanitary products.

Cayla Murray, the spokesperson for Fritz, said: “The national government has long provided free contraceptives and birth control, however, it has previously failed to make sanitary items more affordable for women and a girl child. This is a damaging effect on the girl child's sense of dignity and access to education.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)