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DELPHINE GOVENDER: Corporate SA is losing trust in the government

Given the government’s abysmal track record of implementing reforms, businesses increasingly feel they don’t operate in a supportive, enabling environment

XHANTI PAYI: New jobs don’t come cheap

The Treasury is setting aside substantial resources for employment. That requires careful stewardship of funds

The Eskom in the room

Godongwana hopes asset sales and fiscal intervention will save it, but analysts say this is not nearly enough

STATE-OWNED ENTITIES: Turning off the money taps

Godongwana announced a harder line on SOEs, with no provision for additional funding outside of Eskom

PERSONAL INCOME TAX: Largesse … but just little

A handy bit of tax relief will help most, but the Treasury is coming for anyone worth R50m or more

SOCIAL GRANTS: A country leaning on welfare

With unemployment at 46.6%, it’s no surprise millions rely on welfare. But will the state be able to end the Covid grant?

HEALTH: Squeeze on nurses, doctors

There’s more money for Covid vaccines and Cuba-trained doctors, but wages for health-care staff are being curtailed

INFRASTRUCTURE: Far short of 2030 targets

Infrastructure spending has long been touted as one way to spur growth in the economy. Yet it is going at snail’s pace

CORPORATE TAX: Cut will come, just not yet

Economists were sceptical, but Godongwana has followed up on Mboweni’s hint from last year’s budget

EDUCATION: For many, pit loos are to stay

The budget allocations for basic and higher education left some disappointed that not more was provided

TRANSFER DUTY: Property tax boom

Transfer duty collections reached record levels last year but no further relief is offered to homebuyers

Will public-private partnerships finally fly?

A whole chapter of the Budget Review is dedicated to PPPs. But political will, and investment opportunities, are key

COLLECTED INCOME: Rocks on a roll for revenue

We can’t bank on commodities price boom sustaining us in coming years, says Godongwana

TELECOMS: All quiet on the 4IR front

You may have expected more emphasis this year on SA’s fourth industrial revolution. You’d have been wrong

LOCAL AUTHORITIES: Good money after bad

Incompetent municipalities get another lifeline despite failure to account properly for funds they already have