Ordinarily, I'm hard-pressed to find a single point of disagreement with Claire Bisseker’s trenchant analysis. However, her review of the budget speech was perhaps too generous (“Tito Mboweni’s uncompromising budget deserves more credit, (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/columnists/2021-03-01-claire-bisseker-tito-mbowenis-uncompromising-budget-deserves-more-credit/)”  March 1).

The budget provided for cuts to the social grants allocation of R31bn over the next three years, cuts to the public hospitals budget of R700m this year, steep real cuts to the budget for emergency medical treatment, and real cuts to the teaching budget...

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