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This was always going to be one of South Africa’s toughest budgets with enormous pressure on government resources in an extremely difficult economic environment. Under the circumstances, relatively new Finance Minister Tito Mboweni can be praised for his disarming honesty and openness about the vast

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Minister Tito Mboweni’s first Budget is likely to be a “tough” one, with economic weakness constraining revenues along with a seemingly endless list of urgent spending priorities - some bordering on crises - giving him little room to manoeuvre. But under-pressure government finances are nothing new.

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