Some people call for understanding, while others express frustration and shock at price and bus fare hikes

Some people call for understanding, while others express frustration and shock at price and bus fare hikes

By Ema Ganivatu , Alifereti Sakiasi
Thursday 03/08/2023

While certain consumers have called for understanding and acceptance of the government’s policies on VAT and bus fares, some say they have been caught by surprise at the sudden hike in the cost of living, while others have expressed concern and disappointment at the lack of monitoring of price movements in the market.

While speaking to fijivillage News, Mohammed Nawaz of Savutalele settlement says the imposition of 15 percent VAT on certain items is a good move and he has noticed the prices of some items going down.

Kelera Morell from Delainavesi says she did not notice any significant reduction in prices, but she only noticed an increase in vegetable prices in the market.

USP student Meli Naisele says for tertiary students, they will now have to tighten their budget and make wiser financial decisions.

Daiana Tagica who resides in Nabua raised concern about corner shops ripping off customers and the lack of monitoring by the authorities.

Single mother, Emi Whippy of Veiquwawa settlement says we cannot do anything about the increase in prices but accept the changes that have been made.

A Nausori resident who wishes to remain anonymous expressed his frustration saying that most people were not fully prepared financially for the sudden increase in VAT and bus fares.

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