Where is

the rum?

A gift for Minister Mboweni

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.

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 we would have loved 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. This will make your preparation for the next budget more fun!”

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:

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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