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Known as the "Weekend Special", Des van Rooyen held the post of finance minister for all of four days. He is seen here with President Jacob Zuma. Source: Municipal Focus
Will Big Business step up to the plate to push growth?

The country's private sector doesn't usually flex its muscles when it comes to political matters, although it certainly showed its influence following the appointment of Des van Rooyen as finance minister...

By Danette Breitenbach 1 Mar 2017

Top business sites in South Africa - January 2017
Top business sites in South Africa - January 2017

South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan delivered the South African National Budget Speech for 2017 this week. This event attracts plenty of press and advertiser involvement annually, so here are the top business sites in South Africa for last month...

1 Mar 2017

#Budget2017: Did he do enough?
#Budget2017: Did he do enough?

Despite facing dual political and economic pressures, the minister had a job to do, and he seemingly did that well...

By Marc Sevitz 23 Feb 2017

#Budget2017: Levelheaded speech despite political runctions
#Budget2017: Levelheaded speech despite political runctions

This year's budget speech comes amid heightened political tensions, which appear to have a direct impact on the future of Treasury, and ultimately Gordhan himself...

By Tandisizwe Mahlutshana 23 Feb 2017

Budget speech announces further consultations on sugar tax, welcomed by industry
Budget speech announces further consultations on sugar tax, welcomed by industry

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's announced in his Budget speech on 22 February 2017 that there would be further consultations on the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages...

23 Feb 2017

World Economic Forum via
The 2017 Budget Speech from an agribusiness perspective

According to Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase this year's budget speech, from an agribusiness perspective, comes against the backdrop of high food price inflation, a recent positive upturn in agribusiness confidence, and...

23 Feb 2017

The wages of sin rise ever higher - and the net is thrown wider
The wages of sin rise ever higher - and the net is thrown wider

If you enjoy a cigarette with your rum and coke, your wallet will face a triple threat this year...

By Bianca Capazorio 23 Feb 2017

#Budget2017: Striking the right balance
#Budget2017: Striking the right balance

Gordhan understands that fiscal rectitude is necessary for the growth and transformation of South Africa's economy...

By Kenneth Creamer 23 Feb 2017

The choice between growth and revenue
The choice between growth and revenue

The global trend towards lower corporate tax rates puts South Africa at a crossroads, with the choice being economic growth or generating additional revenue...

22 Feb 2017

Fortune favours the cautious
Fortune favours the cautious

First, the good news: The macro-economic backdrop to this year's budget speech is not quite as intimidating as a year ago...

By Professor André Roux 21 Feb 2017

Budget 2017: Only growth can balance the books
Budget 2017: Only growth can balance the books

Only sustained firmer economic growth can make the fiscal numbers add up...

By Arthur Kamp 17 Feb 2017

Personal income tax hike predicted
Personal income tax hike predicted

PwC predicts a 1% increase for all personal income tax brackets except the lowest...

By Danette Breitenbach 17 Feb 2017

Brace yourselves - income tax increase likely for 2017
Brace yourselves - income tax increase likely for 2017

We encourage all employers, employees and payroll departments to prepare themselves for an income tax increase that will likely be announced during Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's upcoming National Budget Speech...

By Cathie Webb 15 Feb 2017

The age of uncertainty
The age of uncertainty

While the (SONA offered little new detail, next week's Budget Speech will have more substance and is of far more interest to market watchers...

By Dave Mohr, Izak Odendaal 15 Feb 2017

Budget 2017/2018: what will this do to my pocket?
Budget 2017/2018: what will this do to my pocket?

Given that South Africa, as a country, is still struggling financially, we can be confident that there will be more innovative taxes included in what is tabled...

By Cathie Webb 13 Feb 2017

Source: National Treasury
#MTBPS2016: Gordhan cracks the nod from UASA

Trade union, United Association of South Africa (UASA), is satisfied that the finance minister did the best he could with his mid-term budget presentation...

27 Oct 2016

#MTBPS2016: Solid effort, but nothing exciting
#MTBPS2016: Solid effort, but nothing exciting

Fiscal consolidation continues, with deficit lower over medium-term framework, but again has been revised wider..

By Johann Els 27 Oct 2016

#BeyondRetail2016: Can retail save the SA economy?
#BeyondRetail2016: Can retail save the SA economy?

The question of retail's power to restore SA's economy was addressed by various speakers at the Beyond Retail 2016 event. These are the top outtakes from 'the economist's view' as shared by Dr Azar Jammine of Econometrix...

By Leigh Andrews 14 Oct 2016

Capetonians may still comment on city's draft budget
Capetonians may still comment on city's draft budget

To enable more Cape Town residents to read and comment on the City of Cape Town's Draft Budget of approximately R40.7 billion, for the 2016/17 to 2018/19 financial year, the deadline for comments has been extended to 29 April 2016...

18 Apr 2016

Grant Fraser on 2016 Budget: Don't wait and see what the impact will be
Grant Fraser on 2016 Budget: Don't wait and see what the impact will be

In light of the many challenges that the Logistics industry is facing, we wanted to know what Grant Fraser thought of the 2016 Budget Speech...

By Cari Van Wyk 3 Mar 2016

Five budget speech highlights you may have missed
Five budget speech highlights you may have missed

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan did an admirable job of balancing South Africa's books in his 2016 Budget, by providing a sound framework for the next year...

By Rob Cooper 29 Feb 2016

Budget 2016 suggests that energy isn't high on South Africa's agenda
Budget 2016 suggests that energy isn't high on South Africa's agenda

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered on Wednesday what many considered the most-important budget speech of President Jacob Zuma's administration...

By Roula Inglesi-Lotz 26 Feb 2016

Aeroprints.com via
SAA, SA Express merger on the cards

Government is looking at the possibility of merging national carrier South African Airways (SAA) with SA Express, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said...

25 Feb 2016

Dr Andrew Golding
2016 Budget helps restore confidence in SA - Dr Andrew Golding

While transfer duty on property sales above R10m is to be raised from 11% to 13%, which in essence represents a form of wealth tax, coupled with an increase in capital gains tax, the National Budget delivered was an inclusive budget...

25 Feb 2016

Agbiz responds to 2016 Budget Speech
Agbiz responds to 2016 Budget Speech

Agbiz welcomes the announcement that measures are in progress to strengthen agriculture and agro-processing, although these agriculture measures appear to be...

25 Feb 2016

All eyes on 2016 Budget Speech
All eyes on 2016 Budget Speech

Avoiding an investment downgrade, boosting revenue collection and announcing further cost-containment measures in the public sector are among the expected features in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan...

24 Feb 2016

Gordhan can get billions more with a VAT hike - economist
Gordhan can get billions more with a VAT hike - economist

If Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan increases value added tax (VAT) by just 1%, it could result in up to R20bn more for government, according to Arthur Kamp, economist at Sanlam Investments...

24 Feb 2016

Budget 2016 can inspire confidence in SA economy
Budget 2016 can inspire confidence in SA economy

The South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) calls on the Minister of Finance to focus the budget on mid- and long-term economic growth, even while dealing with short-term issues...

22 Feb 2016

Growing economy will remove pressure of having to raise taxes: Old Mutual
Growing economy will remove pressure of having to raise taxes: Old Mutual

Growing the economy faster will take the pressure off policymakers to significantly raise taxes, Old Mutual Investment Group chief economist Rian le Roux says...

By Ntsakisi Maswanganyi 19 Feb 2016

Budget 2016: A new direction needed
Budget 2016: A new direction needed

Looking towards the 2016 National Budget to be read by Minister Gordhan on 24 February, it seems a repeat of the 2015 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement will not be sufficient...

By Arthur Kamp 18 Feb 2016

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