SA REVENUE SERVICE: SA’s trust deficit

SA Inc is facing a credibility crisis — and it’s hitting the tax base hard, says Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter

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DELPHINE GOVENDER: A wake-up call for government

If the government is serious about nurturing its relationship with the private sector, it’s time to get past the sentimental promises

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BRUCE WHITFIELD: Why SA needs its rich

Despite antagonism towards the wealthy from many in the ANC, Tito Mboweni was able to avoid alienating the people who pay SA’s bills

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XHANTI PAYI: Time to walk the jobs talk

If SA is to make any inroads on its unemployment crisis, its policy needs to match the government’s grandiose pronouncements

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MIKE SCHUSSLER: More trouble lies ahead

News headlines scream about the seriousness of SA’s economic situation. But the country’s political leaders seem to have their heads in the sand

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BIG ISSUE: SOEs: A big drain for years to come

Due to huge maladministration and corruption, state-owned enterprises are sucking the life out of the economy

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SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND: Nice idea, if we had the money

General scepticism greeted the notion of a sovereign wealth fund, given SA’s straitened condition

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LAND: Drop in the ocean, say farmers

The state ‘reprioritises’ R500m for land claims — a dramatic fall from the R18.4bn set aside last year

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AUDIT REGULATION: Holding auditors to account

The announcement of a panel of experts to review auditing practices ‘is an opportunity to relaunch the profession’

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JOBS: Still looking for a plan

Organised labour is highly disappointed at the budget’s silence on any employment stimulus package

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EDUCATION: Tito’s business unusual

Mboweni went boldly where others have feared to tread: slashing public sector wages, risking the ire of unions

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HEALTH: Castles in the air get short shrift

The Treasury is not bothering to waste much money on the National Health Insurance ‘vanity project’

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PENSIONS: Calling time on cash-outs

Big changes are on the cards for provident funds, as the government pushes for annuitisation

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PERSONAL TAX: Individuals spared an increase

Surprise relief for taxpayers in the form of above-inflation adjustments to the tax brackets

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TRANSFER DUTY: Relief for buyers

Most home buyers will save on transfer duties, but more ‘aggressive measures’ are needed to lift the housing market

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COLLECTED INCOME: Mboweni’s surprise tax treat

Many expected the Treasury to raise taxes. Instead, it took a gamble that to get growth, it had to cut them instead

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