South Africa

Project Literacy Comments on the 2009/10 Budget

The largest portion of this year’s budget goes to education (some R140.4 billion). Special mention was made of capital expenditure to fix both schools and universities. For those working with poor communities we must welcome increased allocations for school feeding schemes and the building of more schools in poor areas.

More details will emerge once the Minister of Education presents her budget to parliament in the near future.

African Monitor Comments on the 2009/10 Budget

African Monitor congratulates the Minister of Finance for presenting a sober but very solid budget. We note the global economic context of his speech which indeed acknowledges the fact that the prospect of an economic cataclysm requires bold and innovative budgetary interventions. So, recognising that the “transition has brought sizeable disruptions” which must have significantly curtailed the Minister’s options in framing the budget, we are satisfied by the Minister’s pledge that “we will not be deaf to the voice of those in pain”.

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