Cape Town – In the run-up to one of the most closely watched government events locally and by rating agencies and investors abroad, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has invited South Africans to submit their tips on what they would like to see in the National Budget Speech.
Gordhan will present the 2017 Budget Address on February 22 against the backdrop of sluggish economic growth, the looming threat of a possible credit downgrade and the fees must fall campaign as well as uncertainty in the global economy.
The budget must therefore be a balancing act, giving attention to various competing priorities, National Treasury said in a statement.
Gordhan is seeking the public’s views in particular on:
a. Funding of free education for students in tertiary institutions;
b. How South Africa can achieve inclusive economic growth;
c. How South Africa can use its resources to ensure efficiencies; and
d. How the government, civil society, unions and business can work together to achieve the economic objectives of our country.
This is your chance to make your voice count: send us your budget tips and we’ll make sure the finance minister receives them.
Tips can also be sent via:
• Facebook: National Treasury South Africa
• Twitter Handle: @TreasuryRSA #BUDGET2017
• National Treasury website: Budget 2017 TIPS
• Arranged oral presentations to the department