We take a look back at the news of the week, including a tax increase on alcohol and big name changes in the Eastern Cape.

Tax increase on alcohol

Expect the price of wine, liquor and beers to go up from next month. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced an increase on sin taxes in his medium-term budget speech on the 24th of February, so here’s what you’ll be paying more on from the 1st of March:

  • Unfortified wine (750ml): +26c
  • Fortified wine (750ml): +44c
  • Sparkling wine (750ml): +86c
  • Spirits (750ml): +R5.50
  • Beer, cider and alcoholic fruit beverages (340ml): +14c

Eastern Cape name changes

Time to start practising!  Arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa announced the new names for Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, King William’s Town and Maclear on Tuesday the 23rd of February – as well as the new names for Port Elizabeth and East London airports:

  • Port Elizabeth airport has been renamed Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport
  • Easter London airport has been renamed King Phalo Airport
  • Port Elizabeth has been renamed Gqeberha
  • Uitenhage has been renamed Kariega
  • King William’s Town has been renamed Qonce
  • Maclear has been renamed Nqanqarhu

For a handy guide on how to pronounce the new names, we love this video from The Kiffness. Time to start practicing!

National Milk Tart Day

Milk Tart Day falls on Saturday 27th February, so we hope you’re whipping up a milk tart in your kitchen (take a look at this great recipe for milk tart cake if you’re looking for inspiration). For some more ideas, Eat Out has put together a list of restaurants and shops that offer treats inspired by this iconic dish.

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