5 positives in the wake of a gloomy mini budget

2015-11-03 20:30

Despite all of the negativity emphasised in the mini budget South Africa has some positives that count in its favour, says Kirk Swart.

Hopes pinned on indirect taxes

2015-10-25 16:10

Any tax changes for which Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene continues to pave the way, will hopefully focus on indirect rather than direct taxes, says an economist.

Mini budget likely avoided downgrade - economist

2015-10-22 17:32

There was enough in the mini budget to avoid a downgrade by Moody’s right now, according to emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura.

Matthew Lester: Parliament chaos reigns, #FeesMustFall now on agenda

2015-10-22 15:23

Matthew Lester takes cognisance of everything that’s happened in parliament and picks out his highlights from the 2015 medium term budget policy meeting.

Higher taxes on the cards - expert

2015-10-22 11:03

Although Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene says Treasury will look for additional revenue sources with caution, he has not closed the door on hiking taxes, warns an expert.

Don’t criticise Parliament-storming students – praise them

2015-10-22 09:20

Tuning in for yesterday's Mini Budget provided far more excitement than any of us had bargained for says Alec Hogg.

Fees increase could floor students - debt expert

2015-10-22 07:59

The higher education fees increase proposed by the government could be a death knell for students already struggling financially, says DebtBusters CEO Ian Wason.

WATCH: Wage bill is a reflection of a broader problem

2015-10-22 07:21

The R62bn wage bill agreement is a reflection and symptom of a broader problem that needs addressing, says Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas.

Public procurement is big business - Nene

2015-10-21 20:18

Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene has emphasised the scale of SA’s public procurement in his mini budget speech.

WATCH: Nene remains calm amid student storm

2015-10-21 18:32

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has called for a long-lasting solution to financing higher education as he walks past protesting students at parliament.


Nene: Different players must contribute to education shortfall

2015-10-30 09:20

Finding a solution to the problem of education costs would require the contribution of different players, says Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene.

Concern about interest service costs

2015-10-23 07:55

What is of concern regarding the mini budget, is that interest service cost estimates are probably still underestimated, says an emerging markets economist.

Risk of junk rating will heighten at end of 2016 - economist

2015-10-22 15:31

The risk of South Africa plunging into the non-investment grade of "junk" will only materialise at the end of 2016, says a Standard Bank economist.

WATCH: SA confident it can avoid junk downgrade

2015-10-22 12:51

Treasury is confident that its mini budget statement will hold off any threat of a ratings downgrade, even after the rand weakened 2% against the dollar.

SA faces downgrade risk as protests mar budget

2015-10-22 09:26

South Africa has taken a step closer to another credit-rating downgrade as a slowing economy forced Nhlanhla Nene to boost debt amid protests against the government.

WATCH: Student protests reflect govt success, says Nene’s deputy

2015-10-22 08:46

Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas says we should feel proud and not hard done by the fact that the #feesmustfall protesters disrupted the mini budget.

Govt wage bill biggest budget shock

2015-10-22 07:40

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is correct that the big fly in the ointment is poor economic growth, but just to say the private sector must help, is not enough.

Three ways mini budget whacked the rand

2015-10-21 21:15

Although the student protests outside parliament probably contributed to the rand's fall, it is not one of the three main reasons, say economists.

WATCH: What you didn't hear Blade tell the students

2015-10-21 19:52

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande battled to address students outside parliament after police used stun grenades to push them outside.

Rand falls nearly 2% on budget, student chaos

2015-10-21 17:09

The rand has dropped sharply to R13.52 as chaos erupted outside parliament, where Finance Minister Nhanhla Nene delivered his mini budget.

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