The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
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.
Reducing school dropout rate would help to maximise the value of young people in building the prospects of our nation, writes Merle Mansfield.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Treasury will soon start to tax e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.
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.
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.
National Treasury will explore introducing amendments to the appropriations bill to account for the reprioritisation of funds to fight Covid-19.
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.
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.
The SANDF is being underfunded and this is a direct threat to our country's democracy, writes Simphiwe Hamilton.
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.
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.
Officials have repeatedly missed their own deadlines to find a solution to the tolling system.
With the right announcements the markets would react positively and support the government in seeking growth, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
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.
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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