In the house of retards that is the ANC, to reach Top Retard status takes some doing. The competition for Top Retard starts with El Presidente Mbeggi, the Safety Munista Ngkakakula, wingnut Alec Irwin (under whose department Eskom falls), Foreign Munista Zooma and her shenanigans at the UN. I could go on and on.
But every village has its idiot (and although our village has many idiots) our Doc Beetroot stands out easily. She has that special anti-Midas touch. Everything she touches turns to shit.
After denying AIDS exists and advocating garlic and beetroot as cures, then effing up the pharmaceutical industry with her hair-brained fixed-tariff pricing scheme (which has resulted in prices for medicine continuing to climb), our fine Doc Beetroot, with a penchant for stealing from patients and suckling on the mighty booze teat has embarked on yet another great plan to rescue the masses from escalating food prices, market forces be damned.
Somebody take that whiskey away from her!
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South Africa is considering introducing food vouchers and extending tax relief on basic foodstuffs to curb the impact of spiralling prices, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said on Monday.
The minister said she hoped an "appeal to the conscience" of the food industry would be enough to rein in rising food prices, which have triggered protests across the world -- particularly in the world's poorest continent, Africa.
But if necessary, the government was prepared to impose new laws and market regulation to keep a lid on prices.
"If everything else fails, then we should begin to prepare legislation of some sort," Tshabalala-Msimang told reporters.
South Africa's government is concerned that rapidly rising food prices could put everyday items such as bread, milk and maize out of reach for millions of poor people.
Inflation for food items rose to 14.1 percent year-on-year in January, and South African unions warned of food riots similar to those witnessed in other African and Asian countries.
A special ministerial team was now studying various options to soften the impact of higher prices, including food vouchers for the poorest and extending the number of foods not subject to value-added tax, Tshabalala-Msimang said.
South Africa currently has a "zero rating" -- which eliminates value-added tax -- on items such as brown bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, cooking oils and fresh milk.
But officials still need to check whether such tax moves are an effective means of keeping prices under control.
"We need to do a little bit of an analysis on to whether, for example, brown bread is actually cheaper than white bread," Thami Mseleku, a senior health department official, told reporters.