All eyes will be on finance minister Tito Mboweni when he delivers his budget speech in the National Assembly on Wednesday. The state capture commission of inquiry will also be key as it begins hearing evidence on looting at power utility Eskom, amid a financial and capacity crisis at the power utility that culminated in stage four load shedding last week. The budget will be closely watched for details on a government bailout for Eskom as well as SA Airways. Labour federation, the SA Federation of Trade Unions, is expected to protest outside parliament in demand of a budget that addresses unemployment, inequality and poverty. Two important debates are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday in parliament. On Thursday MPs will discuss Eskom and the current energy crisis, and on Tuesday the National Assembly will discuss ways to transform the economy to “serve the people”. According to parliament, 39 committees are scheduled to meet this week, with the 2019 Budget, 16 bills and other repor...

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