Budget 2024: Jury’s still out on tax hikes
/ 19 February 2024

Budget 2024: Jury’s still out on tax hikes

The budget is expected to lay out plans to raise R15bn in revenue, amid a commodity-induced slump

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The Fiscal Cliff: Shallow state purse deepens jobs crisis
/ 18 February 2024

The Fiscal Cliff: Shallow state purse deepens jobs crisis

In this instalment of The Fiscal Cliff – a Mail & Guardian series on how South Africa’s budget has been shaped – Sarah Smit considers the intimate link between the country’s ultra-high unemployment rate and austerity

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From Helsinki to Joburg: Lessons in equality
/ 20 December 2023

From Helsinki to Joburg: Lessons in equality

The Nordic model holds some insight into how to close South Africa’s yawning income and wealth gap

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Public purse sees tail end of mining tailwind
/ 21 August 2023

Public purse sees tail end of mining tailwind

Mining windfall helped SA’s financial position, but lower revenues and additional spending will delay the end of fiscal consolidation

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NHI’s murky economics adds to uncertainty
/ 23 June 2023

NHI’s murky economics adds to uncertainty

A scheme that makes for a better health system will also buoy the economy, but it is hard to say whether the NHI will get us there

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Public sector crunch inflicts pain
/ 11 March 2023

Public sector crunch inflicts pain

The government is walking a tightrope as civil servants embark on industrial action over pay

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