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1st April VAT free pads mean prices should drop 15% - but members are monitoring prices

1st April VAT free pads mean prices should drop 15% - but members are monitoring prices

After years of us campaigning for an end to the tax on womxn’s periods, Treasury finally listened. From the 1st April 2019 sanitary pads will be VAT free (zero-rated). This victory is thanks to members of the amandla .mobi community. But it may be too soon to celebrate this victory. Corporate greed may still stand in our way.

If you would like to help us keep track of sanitary pads prices, you can tell us the prices of sanitary pads where you shop here: https://www.amandla.mobi/pads-price. Or you can take a photo and send us a Whatsapp with the name of the shop and your location to; 0621776937

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When Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni announced that sanitary pads will be VAT free, we went to our local stores to record the current price of pads. This along with the information from our friends at the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity group, will allow us to track the prices of sanitary pads. The month Tito Mboweni announced our campaign victory, a large pack of pads cost on average R40,16 [1]. If the prices stayed the same, then this same pack should cost R34,92 on the 1st of April 2019.

We will need the help of amandla .mobi members and everyday South Africans to monitor the prices of sanitary pads across the country. If the month-on-month comparison shows that VAT has not been removed then this means big businesses have increased their prices to line their pockets. But with help, we can find out if this is the case and if so, take on corporate greed and even demand government action.

If you would like to help us keep track of sanitary pads prices, you can tell us the prices of sanitary pads where you shop here: https://www.amandla.mobi/pads-price. Or you can take a photo and send us a Whatsapp with the name of the shop and your location to; 0621776937

Together, the amandla .mobi community has built people power to challenge corporate power. From Data Must Fall to companies who don’t pay their fair share in tax, we are campaigning for economic justice. What we see again and again is that we have to defend our campaign victories from corporate greed. Together we can ensure our VAT free pads victory has a real impact in our daily lives. This campaign, along with our work to ensure government delivers on their 2011 election promise of free-sanitary pads at low-income schools, is working to ensure dignity for women across Mzansi.

[1] PMBEJD Household Affordability Index, October 2018. http://pmbejd.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/October-2018-Household-Affordability-Index-PMBEJD.pdf