What did you take away from the budget speech last week? Probably the Vat and fuel levy hikes, the proposal for the funding of free education or the below-inflation adjustments to personal income tax brackets. And sin taxes always grab headlines. But unless it’s your job or personal passion to delve into the details of the budget, the sheer magnitude of data it contains can be overwhelming. A new portal could significantly change that experience. Enter vulekamali.gov.za, developed by OpenUp (previously Code for SA). The project is the result of a collaboration between national treasury and civil society organisation coalition Imali Yethu. It aims to make the budget data — information about the way SA spends public money — more accessible. The portal soft-launched a few weeks ago, providing budget data from previous years, and was then updated to include the 2018/2019 budget info in the days after former finance minister Malusi Gigaba delivered his speech. It is an ambitious project,...

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