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16 Sep 2021
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Godongwana to table medium-term budget three days after local elections

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In the previous MTBPS, which took place in October 2020, then-finance minister Tito Mboweni announced a raft of expenditure cuts

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana. Picture: Gallo Images / Alet Pretorius

Government has announced that Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana will deliver the 2021 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in November.

The MTBPS is scheduled to take place on 4 November at 2pm.

“More details regarding logistics for the MTBPS will be outlined in due course,” National Treasury said in a statement issued on Thursday.

The MTBPS, which is a government report providing information on the country’s economic context, fiscal objectives and spending priorities over a three-year period, will happen just three days after the local government elections.

Voting is set to take place across the country on 1 November

Godongwana’s MTBPS is expected to outline fund allocations to the South African Special Risk Insurance Association (Sasria) of over and above the R3.9 billion, amongst other matters, according to News24.

Sasria has been working through claims by businesses following violent unrest and looting in July.

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In the previous MTBPS, which took place in October 2020, then-finance minister Tito Mboweni announced a number of expenditure cuts following the drastic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue across the South African economy.

This led to the country’s economy being projected to grow by 3.3% in 2021, 1.7% in 2022 and 1.5% in 2023.

The government also proposed a growth in the public-sector wage bill of 1.8% in the previous financial year and an average annual growth of 0.8% over the 2021 medium-term expenditure framework period.

The third year of the 2018 public sector wage bill will not be implemented.

Mboweni’s budget further proposed a wage freeze over the next three years.

Other key outcomes of the 2020 MTBPS included:

  • Tax increases totalling R5 billion in the 2021-2022 financial year
  • Debt service costs were revised down by R3.4 billion.
  • South African Airways (SAA) was allocated R10.5 billion to implement its business-rescue plan.
  • The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture was allocated an additional R63 million.

Additional reporting by Moneyweb