Latest articles on Budget 2009

Securely lacking common sense

When it comes to the treasury, common sense does eventually prevail; it just takes a while.

Varsities on a budget high

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

Gearing up for tough times

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

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.

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.

Barack my budget

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

An election year budget

From the public broadcaster to the opposition and filtering into wider society, we engage in this annual middle-class chatter.

Manuel: Economy ‘not in recession’

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said on Thursday the economy was not in recession. He said "as of now we are looking at positive growth".

Health budget aims to address critical challenges

Policy intervention supported in the national budget will focus both on health and on more aggressively combating the causes of ill health.

R1,8bn prop for mining sector a ‘major relief’

Jabu Maphalala of the South African Chamber of Mines on Wednesday said the R1,8-billion boost for mining outlined in the budget was a welcome relief.

Govt spending on arts, culture to decrease

Government expenditure in recreation and culture will decrease by more than 18% a year over the next three years.

Manuel announces R5,4bn for fight against crime

Trevor Manuel announced during his budget speech on Wednesday that the government will be spending R5,4-billion in the fight against crime.

Tax relief, what tax relief?

According to Finance Minister Manuel, there will be R13,6-billion of tax relief for individuals in this year's tax period. But don't be fooled.

Greening the budget

Greenies should approve Manuel's environmental fiscal reforms, which include incentives for efficient energy use and clean development projects.

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Ithala backs its embattled chairperson

Roshan Morar is being investigated in connection with KwaZulu-Natal education department backpack sanitiser tender worth R4-million and a batch of face masks that vanished

Q&A Sessions: ‘My north star is the patient’

Rhulani Nhlaniki is Pfizer’s cluster lead for sub-Saharan Africa. As Pfizer starts phase III of the clinical trial of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate, he tells Malaikah Bophela that if it is successful, the company will ensure the vaccine will be available to everyone who needs it

Murder of anti-mining activist emboldens KZN community

Mam’Ntshangase was described as a fierce critic of mining and ambassador for land rights.

Press Releases

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

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