SA Budget Speech – Excise Duties on Alcohol and Tobacco to Rise

In the 2019/20 financial year Government will AGAIN increase excise duties on alcohol and tobacco in an effort to raise much-needed revenue for the national fiscus, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday.

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According to the National Treasury’s 2019 Budget Review report, the adjustments will lead to an excise burden slightly above the targeted levels.

Delivering his budget, Mboweni said with a 12 cents increase, there will now be a R1.74 excise duty increase on a can of beer.

Other increases include:


  • A 750ml bottle of wine will have an excise duty of R3.15, which is 22 cents more;
  • The duty on a 750ml bottle of sparkling wine goes up by 84 cents to R10.16;
  • The duty on a bottle of whiskey will go up by R4.54 to R65.84;
  • A pack of 20 cigarettes goes up by R1.14 cents to R16.66; and
  • The excise duty on a typical cigar will go up by about 64 cents to R7.80.

There will be no change to the excise duty on sorghum beer, the Minister said

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Source SAnews.gov.za