Smoking, is one of those habits that many people struggle to quit, even though they know the serious health risks associated with it. The statistics are scary but even those do not seem to work. To put it into perspective, tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide, or one person every six seconds. Smoking almost triples the risk of heart disease, more than doubles the risk of having a stroke and can lead to numerous forms of cancer, in addition to having many other negative effects on health.
Although it has created some political controversy, the ‘youth wage subsidy’ has now been put in place through the Employment Tax Incentive Act No 26 of 2013 (‘the Act’), which came into effect on 1 January 2014.
Big companies are slashing food rations and other benefits, NGOs are being stifled and some businesses are under threat as the Swaziland government’s drive for value added tax (VAT) collections, pegged at 14 percent, have sent the cost of doing business spiralling in the cash-strapped kingdom.
NGOs are also feeling the pinch as the government charges VAT on goods, an expense not covered by the donors.