Nearly 60% of South Africans think the government is not managing the economy well, according to a poll by Ipsos. The “Pulse of the People” report released by Ipsos on Tuesday shows that 59% do not think the government is doing a good job with the economy. This, however, is a vast improvement from the previous year’s data when only 25% thought the government was managing the economy well. “It is clear that, although the situation is marginally better than a year ago and South Africans are still determined to be optimistic about where they will be this time next year, they are still of the opinion that the issues of service delivery, job creation and a host of other relevant issues need serious attention from the government,” Ipsos said in a statement. This comes a day before finance minister Tito Mboweni delivers the 2019 budget. Mboweni will have to navigate dealing with embattled power utility Eskom and the prospect of another credit rating downgrade. The Ipsos poll is based on a ...

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