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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The Fiscal Cliff | Injustice and impunity: Crime and corruption in austerity’s wake
/ 26 November 2023

The Fiscal Cliff | Injustice and impunity: Crime and corruption in austerity’s wake

The treasury has to ask itself what the true cost is of not funding our watchdog institutions

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The Fiscal Cliff | Will austerity push South Africa to the brink?
/ 29 October 2023

The Fiscal Cliff | Will austerity push South Africa to the brink?

Today, as the country awaits the next update on the state of its public purse, the prospect of a debt crisis seems more imminent than before. This is as South Africa’s fiscal position has deteriorated markedly during the course of this year, a dilemma that could see the treasury inflicting another round of spending cuts.

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The Fiscal Cliff | SA health check: Failure diagnosed
/ 1 October 2023

The Fiscal Cliff | SA health check: Failure diagnosed

In this monthly series, the M&G investigates how South Africa’s fiscal policy has been shaped. The second instalment considers the health budget and why, despite growing to R254 billion a year, the health system is ailing

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