Achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals, which include quality education, gender equality, good health care and human wellbeing, will be nearly impossible without governments overhauling their approach to public spending, according to new report.

The report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, supported by the UN office for project services, comes as SA is caught in a low-growth trap, rising public debt and unsustainable state spending mainly to support failing parastatals, even as tax revenues fall...

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