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Will we be paying more tax this year? Will the sugar tax remain? Will Eskom and SAA continue to be economic leeches on the economy?
That, and more, will be revealed in more subtle terms on Wednesday, as finance minister Tito Mboweni delivers his first major budget speech under President Cyril Ramaphosa.
But before a word is said in Parliament this week, head on over to Twitter and follow these big players in South Africa’s finance gearbox.
The deliverer of the budget speech itself and hopefully the man who will announce some good news on Wednesday, Mboweni’s not shy to take on a controversial debate on Twitter.
South Africa’s National Treasury
The national bank account (yes, I know that’s a simplification) manages the length and breadth of South Africa’s finances. It also tends to tweet like the social media manager of a talent competition.
Currently South Africa’s shadow finance minister, Maynier last tweeted in 2018. Although, in 2018, his account did feature gems like the tweet below. Could Mboweni’s speech encourage him to revive his account? Or has he forgotten his password?
The EFF’s commander in chief has been particularly annoyed at President Ramaphosa’s Eskom announcements. Actually, he’s been annoyed about Eskom since 2015. Mboweni is expected to include the ailing power utility in his speech, so how will Malema react?
At the far end of the Eskom spectrum, DA leader is keen for government to privatize Eskom. He’s been notably vocal about President Ramaphosa’s SONA 2019 address. It’s not likely he’ll be satisfied by Mboweni’s budget speech.
Who will you be following during South Africa’s 2019 Budget Speech? Let us know in the comments below.
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