Though the announcement that the alcohol levy will be increased by the state President Ian Khama dampened the spirits of Batswana, most will be consoled by the fact that the money is being put to good use, especially during the 2nd African Youth Games.
The president announced last year in his state of the nation address that the levy will be increased, though he wasn’t specific on the percentage, from the 45% that it was standing at.
This week the Botswana Africa Youth Games chief Tuelo Serufho announced that he was glad that they have managed to secure all the necessary transportation for the youth games.
“Credit must be given to the government here which continues to support us, as you may be aware that all our transport for these games has been branded.
This was made possible by our government with P6.8 million from the alcohol levy,” he revealed.
When the alcohol levy was introduced back in 2008 it was meant to promote projects and activities designed to combat alcohol abuse and minimize the effects of alcohol abuse, hence sport has benefited.
The levy was further increased by 10% in 2010 from the initial 30%.
The introduction of the levy has resulted with alcohol producers increasing prices of their products, while the ultimate impact has been lower sales and smaller profits.
The utilization and management of the Alcohol Levy is guided by the Levy on Alcoholic Beverages Fund Order 2008.
Levy on Alcoholic Beverages Fund Order was amended in 2010 due to the transfer of the Alcohol Division from the Ministry of Trade and Industry to the Ministry of Health.
The distribution of Alcohol Levy is 45% to Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, 10% to the Ministry of Health and 45% to the Government Consolidated Fund.
Since its inception US$79 million (P551 million) has been collected.
In addition the BAYGOC Marketing and outreach manager Tebogo Disele outlined that the shuttle buses will be moving around the play venues at hourly intervals.
He said this was done so that people can be able to go to different sporting codes of their choice whenever they are willing to.
Disele further assured the nation that the parking areas will be fully secured and they do not have to fear for leaving their cars at the GSS grounds.
“Also we will avail a WI-FI in the media shuttle so that you can be able to file stories while on the move or make updates.
Interestingly, we will have a bus which will serve at the media center as a neutral venue where you can walk in anytime and do your work, not necessarily having to go back to the office because there will be computers and internet in it,” he noted.