In a Press Statement published in the press on Thursday 16th February 2017 the Permanent Secretary for Finance and Economic Development explained the effect of Statutory Instrument 26A/2017 published in the Government Gazette the same day.
The crucial paragraphs of the Press Statement are--
4. The Statutory Instrument takes effect from 16 February 2017, and all traders in such products should no longer charge VAT on the following items:
• Margarine; and
5. Consumers should, therefore, not be made to pay VAT on beef, chicken, fish, rice, potatoes, margarine and mahewu, effective from 16 February 2017.