South Africa: Mboweni Zero-Rates Sanitary Pads and Allocates Funds for Their Free Disbursement

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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni...

Three provinces will be the testing grounds for the Department of Women's free sanitary pads policy. Health-e's Pontsho Pilane reports.

South Africans who menstruate are a step closer to free sanitary pads as government scraps the Value Added Tax (VAT) on sanitary pads from April 2019.

Finance minister Tito Mboweni made the announcement during his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday' which outlines how government will spend money in the next three years.

Bread and cake flour will also be exempt from VAT.

The announcement to do away with the VAT on sanitary pads comes after years of activism and campaigns from civil society and ordinary South Africans.

"It may have taken years to get to this point but the hard work, frustrations and run-arounds made it all worth it," said Sheilan Clarke, who was part of Livity Africa's #FreeToBleed campaign.

"Just to know that millions of people, particularly from disadvantaged groups, will benefit from this makes all the hard...

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