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Budget speech follows Ramaphosa’s Sona and puts SA on the road to recovery

One thing we have become depressingly accustomed to in South Africa is that our politicians and government rarely keep their promises. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana appeared to have hit that on the head in his budget on Wednesday. Leaving aside the expected increases in “sin taxes” on liquor and tobacco – which are frankly morally justifiable as both can cause self-injury – this budget went surprisingly easy for ordinary people. But more than that, Godongwana’s overview of spending and incentives for businesses to get back on their feet after the Covid attacks showed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state…

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