Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, writes Pieter du Toit.
The production side of SA's economy has dampened as export demand wanes, but consumer spending is still the main driver of economic growth in most provinces.
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan has hit back at commentators who labelled the 2012 budget as vindictive and a "deadly cocktail".
Social grants stabilise SA at a small cost, says an economist.
Political parties have broadly welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's proposed 2012/13 Budget tabled in the National Assembly.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has called on the private sector to become more involved in the economy through the infrastructure build programme and by creating jobs.
The government is to train more than 2 000 small-scale farmers over the next year in cost effective farming methods, according to the Budget.
Government departments and municipalities not spending their allocated funding will risk losing the allocations, and officials will be held liable.
The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry has slated an increase in capital gains and corporate taxes.
The National Treasury will issue new bonds to smooth the maturity structure of its debt, according to the budget statement.
High fees for bank products undermine efforts to encourage South Africans to save more, says the finance minister.
The R300bn allocated in the budget for building new nuclear power plants is not the final amount for the project, says Energy Minister Dipuo Peters.
The newly-created position of chief procurement officer is meant to sniff out tender irregularities and fight procurement fraud.
The budget shows South Africa can expand its economy unlike many developed countries facing economic crises, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry says.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan tabled a massive R1 trillion budget - a first for South Africa. Watch his full speech from Parliament.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced that the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope would qualify for VAT relief.
Political parties and others have broadly welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's proposed 2012/13 Budget.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has called for sweeping changes to be made in the way provinces are run.
The Treasury is to take new measures to fight corruption in the procurement process and will review the validity of all property leases signed by the state.
State arms firm Denel will receive funding to aid its loss-making aerostructure wing.
The state will start provident funds for domestic and farm workers by next year and look into medical schemes for the security sector.
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