Analysts say Zuma's speech failed to show meaningful change in policy direction and is unlikely to stand in the way of a credit rating downgrade.
The party has realised it cannot continue to bail out Eskom and the state’s wage bill is too high.
The break-up of industry cartels has had a profound impact on individuals and industries - but government needs to look outside the "fiscal space".
But there is increasing alarm about the state’s inconsistent application of its policies and the subsequent effects on investor confidence.
The finance minister and Cabinet will have to make some unpopular decisions in an election year to avoid a credit ratings downgrade to junk status.
The tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is not a silver bullet but it could cut the health bill and add to government coffers.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan shocked the ANC lekgotla with his proposal to reduce social spending as a government cost-cutting measure.
Industry participants say the closure of dormant funds was lawful, but Rosemary Hunter's challenge to the Financial Services Board has raised alarm.
Financial Services Board official Rosemary Hunter has claimed that the process to close dormant funds was flawed, affecting many of SA's poorest.
Only a fifth of South Africa’s property agents are black, with start-up capital a major barrier to entry.