Rand softens slightly after Pravin Gordhan’s budget address

The rand’s uptrend appears to be firmly intact for now, although technical analysis shows it is a bit stretched, a Stanlib analyst says

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Much talk of government austerity, but this budget shows no sign of it

Is our money more useful in the hands of the government, or in the hands of those who produced the income, asks Xhanti Payi

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LIVE BLOG: Pravin Gordhan delivers Budget 2017

The build-up and the speech as it happens

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Antinuclear lobby groups say government’s secrecy is embarrassing

Two groups are asking the high court to declare the alleged nuclear deal with Russia‚ signed by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson‚ unlawful

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Everything you need to know about #Budget2017

All the news, views and analysis of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's 2017 budget

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Some good news for foundation phase learners

Finance minister says that redistribution in order to support education and health services in rural areas remains central to spending programmes

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Gordhan says home affairs’ salary cap to remain until 2019

The cap is a major hurdle in the department’s efforts to establish a border management agency, but Gordhan will not be moved

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Gordhan’s magical thinking cannot solve persistent higher education problems

Pravin Gordhan must fund the tertiary system so it can produce taxpayers but the possibility of rapid job creation to absorb graduates is slight, writes ...

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Building a new school now half the cost, Gordhan confirms

Thanks to the government’s chief procurement officer, building a school — and many other areas of government spending — are sensibly whittled down

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Sibanye flags fivefold increase in earnings

Inclusion of new platinum operations added to higher gold revenue will send attributable profit soaring in the year to December

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The wages of sin rise ever higher — and the net is thrown wider

Alcohol and tobacco taxes are increasing again, and will be joined by sugary drinks

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ANALYSIS: A brief history of budgetary optimism

Treasury consistently overestimates economic growth rates, and almost always offers rosier projections than the Reserve Bank and IMF, writes Tamar Kahn

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Gordhan promises a concerted but sensible attempt to fix student funding

But the finance minister seems to have put paid to suggestions for a graduate tax

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Court declares withdrawal from International Criminal Court invalid

Deputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo ordered that the notice of withdrawal be withdrawn

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Police allocated funding to implement Marikana inquiry recommendations

The Marikana massacre in 2012 cast scrutiny on the training of the public-order police tasked with managing crowds

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EDITOR’S LUNCHBOX: Herman Mashaba becomes scapegoat for attacks on foreigners

Violence blamed on mayor Herman Mashaba, and Matthews Phosa launches diatribe against Edward Zuma

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Much talk of government austerity, but this budget shows no sign of it

Is our money more useful in the hands of the government, or in the hands of those who produced the income, asks Xhanti Payi

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Budget 2017: a confidence game at a delicate time

The finance minister has delivered a budget that inspires confidence — but the president and the government will make or break it, writes Trudi Makhaya

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Pravin Gordhan is lucky the poor do not have rating agencies

It was disingenuous to expect a budget aimed at radical transformation, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

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Budget 2017: a confidence game at a delicate time

Trudi Makhaya

The finance minister has delivered a budget that inspires confidence — but the president and the government will make or break it, writes Trudi Makhaya

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COMPANY COMMENT: Clientele needs quick action to plug the leak

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TONY LEON: What Zuma has learned from Putin - do what you know

'He has brought in the ethically hobbled Brian Molefe, who not so much personifies “state capture” as being emblematic of a willing accomplice of the Guptas'

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THE FT COLUMN: India’s bold experiment with cash

Martin Wolf

At a stroke, Narendra Modi cancelled 86% of cash in circulation. Was it a decisive assault on tax evasion and corruption, or a damagingly arbitrary act, asks Martin Wolf

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