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Budget2011

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SECTION27 and the TAC welcome the proposed increases in health expenditure outlined in the budget tabled by Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan on 23 February 2011.  In...
With an increase of 29.9 percent, the police will surely be able to improve services rendered, more specifically to victims of gender-based violence and also ensure that police are trained in areas of all legislation and Acts related to sexual...
It is heartening to see a drive for job creation including incentives for young jobseekers, rural development and farmer support, and an allocation of R8.9 billion for social security benefits translating into a State pension increase of R60 per...

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In President Zuma’s State of the Nation address, he highlighted many key areas of importance. Minister Gordhan has wisely allocated funds for the implementation of these ideas. The South African National Council for the Blind, in turn, wants government to acknowledge the principles of inclusivity which the constitution guarantees for people with disabilities, and for government to make a concerted effort to ensure that blind South Africans are afforded access to the rights and services to which these newly allocated funds will allow
During his State of the Nation Address President Zuma indicated that education and health, among others, would be top priorities for the government. He also proudly indicated that approximately 15 million South Africans receive social assistance, with the Child Support Grant being available to all children younger than 18 - a hard-won achievement that is indeed worthy of pride, and indicative of a truly caring society, where 24 percent of people remain unemployed. And Minister Gordhan’s speech demonstrated that education, healthcare and on-going social assistance will indeed be priorities in 2011