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Whistler South African Style Rum - the price might be going up

Where is the rum: A present for Minister Mboweni

27 February 2020: How many of us will it take to sneak a present full of rum past a minister’s bodyguard?

We can’t help but wonder, where is the rum?

If you listened to Minster of Finance Tito Mboweni’s Budget Speech on Wednesday, you would know he announced that the price of a 750 ml bottle of spirit will rise by R2.89 per bottle. What was funny, is that rum was not mentioned. He mentioned whisky, gin or vodka, but not rum. Does that mean rum is not on the minister’s radar, or does it mean that the price of rum is not going up?

The first one, we speculate…

That is why would have love to send minister Mboweni a box full of Whistler with a note that says: “Dear minister Mboweni. Please to meet you. We just wanted to place rum on your radar. Here is a box of our best rum, so you can do homework for your next budget speech. Enjoy.”

Unfortunately, the price of rum, and other spirits will be going up

Regarding technicalities of the budget speech, though, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that rum is indeed included in the spirit category, so the increase does apply. The good news is that, in spite the increase, we hereby declare that the price of the Whistler products will stay the same, regardless.

  • In case you haven’t heard, here is a summary of what your other favourite guilty pleasures will cost you, going forward:
  • A 340ml can of beer or cider – an extra 8c
  • A 750ml bottle of wine will cost an extra 14c
  • A 750ml bottle of sparkling wine an extra 61c
  • A packet of 20 cigarettes will be an extra 74c
  • A 25 gram of piped tobacco will cost 40c more
  • A 23-gram cigar will cost an extra R6.73

If you don’t care about news and politics, all you need to know is that the price of your Whistler is not going up. Simple as that.



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