Consolidating government finances is a tall order

South Africa has embarked on its most politically ambitious consolidation of government finances since 1994. The consolidation will be the most challenging to implement and sustain over the five-year timetable set by the treasury. The biggest challenge arises from the government’s failure to mobilise citizens and build a strong political coalition in support of the deep cuts in public expenditure.

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Jabulani Sikhakhane
Jabulani Sikhakhane is the editor of The Conversation Africa.

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