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Mpumelelo Mkhabela | Budget blues: Mboweni and Ramaphosa need to reconcile their views

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South Africa’s finance minister Tito Mboweni.  (Gallo Images/Brenton Geach)
South Africa’s finance minister Tito Mboweni. (Gallo Images/Brenton Geach)

Finance minister Tito Mboweni and President Cyril Ramaphosa need to reconcile their views on the economy, if we are going to have any economy to speak of, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela. 

The national budget is arguably the most important political statement of government. To twist Harold Lasswell's definition of politics, a budget is about who gets how much of the government's available resources, when and why.

The president's policy announcements constitute priorities. But they are meaningless until they are backed up by resources to execute them.

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