The Budget 2009

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The Budget 2009

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel's budget on Wednesday preached his message of prudent fiscal policy, efficiency and sustainability.

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Parties welcome Manuel's budget

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel's 2009/10 budget tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday has been broadly welcomed by political parties.

Barack my budget

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and US President Obama both like to get more bang from each buck.

Manuel won't go gently

Uncertainty persists over the future of Trevor Manuel, but after last week's budget speech, he will not go gentle into the good night of retirement.

How green is our budget?

Faranaaz Parker looks at where Trevor Manuel's plan hits and misses the mark when it comes to environmental reform.

Oh what joy

The increase in infrastructure spending could cushion South Africa's economy from the global economic crisis, writes Lynley Donnelly.

Gearing up for tough times

The economic period ahead will be the most challenging yet faced by SA's democracy. Lloyd Gedye reports.

Rich pickings

Despite a R13,6-billion tax cut for individuals, higher-income earners will be worse off, writes Maya Fisher-French.

Varsities on a budget high

The extra R700-million for higher learning is a welome relief, write Primarashni Gower and Cornia Pretorius.