February is traditionally the month the president delivers the annual state of the nation address (Sona) when he outlines the government’s plans for the year ahead. This is followed shortly afterwards by the finance minister’s budget speech, which outlines how the government’s budget will be allocated.

In 2021, both the Sona and the budget must address plans for the country’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and  prolonged lockdowns that decimated an already struggling economy...

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