SA ramped up spending in its 2009 budget but cut taxes to counter a global slowdown and boost an economy seen limping to its lowest rate of growth.
Trevor Manuel announced during his budget speech on Wednesday that the government will be spending R5,4-billion in the fight against crime.
Finance Minister Trevor Manuel's 2009/10 budget tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday has been broadly welcomed by political parties.
Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and US President Obama both like to get more bang from each buck.
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.
Faranaaz Parker looks at where Trevor Manuel's plan hits and misses the mark when it comes to environmental reform.
The increase in infrastructure spending could cushion South Africa's economy from the global economic crisis, writes Lynley Donnelly.
The economic period ahead will be the most challenging yet faced by SA's democracy. Lloyd Gedye reports.
Despite a R13,6-billion tax cut for individuals, higher-income earners will be worse off, writes Maya Fisher-French.
The extra R700-million for higher learning is a welome relief, write Primarashni Gower and Cornia Pretorius.