Mboweni's exceptional business tax measures to combat coronavirus impact

2020-03-29 16:34

Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni has announced a number of "exceptional tax measures as part of the fiscal package outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

OPINION: In tough times, the government should spend more on reducing school dropout rates

2020-03-03 13:59

Reducing school dropout rate would help to maximise the value of young people in building the prospects of our nation, writes Merle Mansfield.

Adriaan Basson: We’ve run out of money and options - pensions will bail out Eskom

2020-03-02 06:00

It is clear to me that labour’s defence of jobs will not extend to the heavily bloated SOE management structures. Cutting just half of those Eskom managers will save the utility R800m per year. writes Adriaan Basson.

OPINION: What does the Budget speech mean for social cohesion?

2020-02-28 16:14

Notwithstanding that Minister Tito Mboweni may have wanted to call it something else, the Budget Speech made it clear that we are now in austerity territory, writes Jaynisha Patel.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela | Budget not as easy as choosing pilchards over steak for dinner

2020-02-28 06:00

The circumstances of Mboweni’s speech are also different to the internal politics of the governing party. Mbeki had near-complete control of the party and he was often accused of centralising power, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

ANALYSIS | Mboweni vs Unions: 'We are in a huge crisis, we have to find each other.'

2020-02-28 06:00

What particularly angers Cosatu is that after a few informal ‘talks about talks’, they were met with one-two punch this week, writes Jan Cronje.

You’ll soon pay 25c more tax per litre of fuel – here’s how fuel tax has increased from 2008

2020-02-26 15:07

National Treasury said a new paper will be released on the possible restructure of the fuel levy, to include a local air pollution emissions component.

More than 50% of your cigarette price now goes to tax, national treasury says – and more than 20% of liquor

2020-02-26 14:20

Treasury will soon start to tax e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.

Ralph Mathekga: Mboweni should take us into his confidence on the true state of the economy

2020-02-25 10:36

While Mboweni may not deliver an aggressive budget because our politics does not allow for such at this point, the minister should not miss an opportunity to tell us the truth about how deep in it we are, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Some SA mining companies are finally making money – but not enough to help us avoid tax increases soon

2020-02-21 05:33

South Africa’s has an estimated budget deficit of R150 billion in the medium term, and fresh mining profits won't put much of a dent in that.


Coronavirus | Treasury mum on upcoming Moody's decision - but says SA is still within budget

2020-03-24 14:38

National Treasury will explore introducing amendments to the appropriations bill to account for the reprioritisation of funds to fight Covid-19.

Mmusi Maimane: 'Two South Africas' divide best illustrated by our transport system

2020-03-02 11:33

We remain a nation of two halves; of insiders and outsiders; of rich and poor; of access and scarcity; of elites and the excluded, Mmusi Maimane.

OPINION | SA is nearing an economic abyss and we must admit we are in a crisis

2020-02-28 16:15

Basically in a space of eight months the economic and fiscal policy outlook of South Africa had turned for the worst in a way that government was unable to contain. Are we in free-fall or are we directing the pace of decline? writes Lukhona Mnguni.

OPINION: SA's deliberate, predictable underfunding of defence function a threat to democracy and economic growth

2020-02-28 15:00

The SANDF is being underfunded and this is a direct threat to our country's democracy, writes Simphiwe Hamilton.

ANALYSIS: Mboweni’s 2020 Budget speech draws the battle lines

2020-02-28 06:00

With the economy on its knees, government’s latest budget speech expects unionised labour to share the pain. If history is a guide, the plan is unlikely to yield the desired results, writes Sean Gossel.

OPINION: Budget shows Treasury is desperately short of ideas to fix South Africa’s economic woes

2020-02-27 06:00

Looking at the new budget proposals together, they amount to the Treasury wanting public servants to pay for Eskom bailouts directly from their current and future salaries, writes, writes Seán Mfundza Muller.

There’s a plan for etolls, but Treasury says it can’t release it

2020-02-26 14:25

Officials have repeatedly missed their own deadlines to find a solution to the tolling system.

Melanie Verwoerd | Budget 2020: Business’ top priorities

2020-02-26 06:00

With the right announcements the markets would react positively and support the government in seeking growth, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

South Africans may be hit by a once-off tax next week, Old Mutual warns

2020-02-21 12:04

Government's debt burden is spiralling out of control, and it now has to spend R200 billion a year just on the interest of its loans.

No more bailouts for state-owned enterprises - Twitter tells Mboweni

2020-02-16 10:32

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni put out a call to find out what Twitter users think about bailouts to ailing state-owned enterprises.

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