Finance minister Enoch Godongwana resisted pressure to use the fiscal space delivered by a R120bn boost in tax revenue to announce new spending commitments, including meeting demands for a basic income grant.

Even as it acknowledged that the Covid-19 outbreak and the rioting and looting that rocked the economy and the country in July had "increased the national debate" on a universal support programme, the medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) indicated that the special Covid-19 grant of R350 a month would be allowed to lapse in March as planned...

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