The FairPlay movement urges parliamentarians of all parties to support poor people and national nutrition by ensuring that Value Added Tax (VAT) is removed from chicken.

The Woolard panel, which considered additional items that should be VAT zero-rated, could not reach a consensus on chicken and has therefore deferred the issue to parliament.

This is an issue of national importance, and FairPlay urges all MPs, and particularly those from the ruling party, to look after the interests of the poor.

Chicken has become the staple food for the nation and is the major protein source for poor people. The government is looking for ways to lift the VAT burden from lower-income households. There is no more effective way to do this than removing VAT from chicken.

The Woolard panel’s recommendations will be considered in parliament this week, and again later this year after the government has considered public comments, which may be submitted until the end of August 2018.

FairPlay will now direct its campaign for VAT Free chicken to parliamentarians of all parties, realising that the responsibility is on the ANC, in particular, to ensure that South Africans, particularly those with a low income, benefit from VAT-free chicken. 

We will also be working with unions and other organisations to help bring relief to those who need it most.

This is the best way to ensure wider access to protein so that children grow up healthy, older citizens have the nutrition they need, and food security is protected for all.

Francois Baird is the founder of FairPlay

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