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People Budget Coalition Comments on the 2009/10 Budget

The PBC cautiously welcomes the Minister of Finance’s budget speech. We are in the process of studying the details of the proposals and will issue a further more detailed statement due course.

The test by which today’s statement must be judged is to what extent it takes forward the progressive policy proposals in last week’s State of the Nation speech and those of the ANC Election Manifesto. While we welcome the Minister’s commitments to prioritise job creation and poverty reduction, many detailed proposals fall short of what is required.

QuadPara Association of South Africa Comments on the 2009/10

"Blanket measures are not the solution" - Trevor Manuel tramples on the rights of South Africa's paraplegics and quadriplegics

The QuadPara Association of South Africa, one of the country's most powerful service provider and disability rights organisation, has reacted angrily at Trevor Manuel's feeble concession for persons with disabilities in his Budget Speech on 11 February 2009.

Idasa Comments on the 2009/10 Budget

Budgeting in uncertain times

The 2009 budget was presented amid heightened public discourse over economic policy and service delivery. The central thesis of the debate has centred on the extent to which the ANC after Polokwane will vehemently push for a more leftist economic policy characterised by increased social spending and how effectively government has used funds to alleviate poverty, reduce income inequality, create more jobs and delivery of basic services.

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.

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