Imagine being the finance minister at a cabinet meeting, staring at a R600bn gap between what you collect in tax revenues and what your colleagues want to spend.

You know you can’t persuade anyone around the table to cut budgets further. No, growth is the only hope you have. And sitting across from you is trade, industry & competition minister Ebrahim Patel. What chance do you have?..

Subscribe now to unlock this article.

Support BusinessLIVE’s award-winning journalism for R129 per month (digital access only).

There’s never been a more important time to support independent journalism in SA. Our subscription packages now offer an ad-free experience for readers.

Cancel anytime.

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.