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The trouble with Easter is that if you were able to get back on the wagon after the festive season, you are likely to fall off again this weekend in the face of a deluge of chocolate. After all, treats delivered by the Easter Bunny are fair game and not just for the children. Right? Enjoy the indulgence while you can, because consumers face a string of cost increases. Today, the 15% VAT rate kicks in. Levied on most groceries and almost all services, it will add, at the very least, a few hundred rand to monthly expenses. The petrol price will be hiked by 72c a litre this week as increases in the fuel levy and Road Accident Fund levy are implemented. If you live in Johannesburg, the city council is proposing an increase in service charges for sanitation, water and electricity that are well above inflation. If you live in Cape Town, water prices are set to double in two years. Meanwhile, the Western Cape government is considering an additional fuel levy over and above the national lev...

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