SAB’s tip for finance minister Tito Mboweni — that he give a tax break to SA’s brewers, which are reeling from alcohol sales bans — is likely to fall on deaf ears as SA struggles to rebuild its Covid-battered finances, notwithstanding the recent improvement in government finances, economists say.

Just a week after Mboweni launched his TIPS for MoF campaign, a tradition that was started by Trevor Manuel just over two decades ago, the brewer, owned by AB InBev, embarked on a social media campaign and asked the minister for a zero increase in excise tax. The tax added R46.8bn to the fiscus in 2019...

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