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Mon Nov 24 02:08:48 SAST 2014

Graduate tax will discourage studies, says Afriforum

Sapa | 08 February, 2013 10:29
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The ANC's proposed graduate tax will discourage tertiary studies and could lead to even more graduates leaving the country, Afriforum Youth said on Friday.

"Such a tax will create a climate where people are discouraged to further their studies and lead to even more graduates leaving the country," spokesman Danie Ungerer said in a statement.

"Government is supposed to reward people who make an impact on the economy and who have the ability to generate employment."

The ANC resolved at its elective conference in Mangaung last year to introduce a tax on graduates.

Conference delegates participating in the education and health commission resolved that consideration "must be given to a graduate tax for all graduates from higher education institutions". It did not provide more details.

Afriforum Youth called for broader public consultation before such a tax was instituted.

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