Godongwana and the presidency battle over grants

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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana may ruffle some feathers when he delivers the mini budget. Photo: GCIS
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana may ruffle some feathers when he delivers the mini budget. Photo: GCIS

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In a move that is causing ructions in government, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana is set to propose that the Covid-19 social relief of distress grant be terminated and replaced with a “family grant”.

Government insiders say the proposal will be one of the major announcements in Godongwana’s first medium-term budget policy statement, which will be presented to Parliament on November 11. Sharp differences regarding the proposal are said be the real reason for the postponement of the mini budget speech by a week, rather than the stated reason of proximity to the local government election date.

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