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Tax hikes are most likely to impact negatively on the economy's performance and in turn revenue collection, the Financial Fiscal Commission warned.
Treasury wants to forge ahead with long-stalled plans to sell state assets to shore up the nation’s shaky finances despite opposition.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is turning to God to help SA avoid a downgrade.
"This is stuff of the movies."
A major concern is that the government’s resolve is strongest on policies that are actually quite suspect.
South African Airways is not generating sufficient cash flow to sustain its operations, nor can it repay outstanding debt.
Depressed economic growth, a projected tax shortfall of R53bn and multiple bailouts for state-owned enterprises have reduced room for the state to boost spending on its key priorities.
Labour federation Cosatu has said it will engage with government on the recently released special paper marking out a roadmap for Eskom.
Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan followed the lead of China and Vietnam, both communist states with high growth state capitalist economies, to plot a future Eskom, says Ferial Haffajee.
Labour federation Cosatu wants Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to share how government plans to take the country out of crisis when he announces the mini budget.
'South Africa has been a car crash in slow motion,' says Cristian Maggio, London-based head of emerging-market strategy at TD Securities.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has urged all South Africans to work together to help avoid a downgrade of our credit rating.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says that no decision has been taken yet on e-tolls.
The war of words between Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and former minister of public service and administration Faith Muthambi continued at a parliamentary briefing on Thursday.
If you are middle class and tax-paying, get set to pay more and receive a lot less from the government next year - as if you weren't already buckling, says Ferial Haffajee.
The finance minister says relief will only be negotiated once Eskom has shown progress in its turnaround strategy.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni warned that South Africa's government debt could hit more than 70% soon.
This may the most important medium-term budget yet.
The SME funding gap is between R86 billion to R346 billion, says Karl Westvig.
Given SA's economic performance, a tax expert says the tax collection target of R1.422trn is 'unrealistic'.
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