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10 Million South Africans Unemployed

tshepim 06/25/2020

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni states South Africa needs to prepare for the new global reality.

He indicated that the purpose of the Supplementary Budget is to bring adjustment appropriation bill and division of revenue amendment bill. 

As a nation with a distinct industrial base, a flexible exchange rate system, stable inflation, and deep domestic capital markets the country's economic credibility makes it easier to borrow money internationally. However, South Africa needs to find effective ways to minimize and manage debt.  

Mboweni uttered that out of every rand we pay in tax,21c goes to pay interests.

The National Treasury shared the current economic stats as follows:

A Global contraction of 5.2% is anticipated in 2020.

Unemployment increased to 30.1% in the first 3 months of 2020. 

Inflation remains low in 2020.

South Africa is a small open economy that leans heavily on exports. Looking at the 2021 Fiscal Framework together with consolidated budget spending and debt service costs shows an excess of 2 trillion rand. Mboweni reports Gross Tax Revenue collected during the first 2 months of 2020 was 142 billion rand, in contrast to the initial projected 177.3 billion rand. Gross National Debt GND) is close to 81.8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the end of the Fiscal.

He indicated that emergency funding sources are required throughout the world. The government looks forward to loaning $7 billion from international financial institutions. 

Meanwhile, the Supplementary Budget proposes 21.5 billion rand for Covid-19 health care allocation. An additional 500 billion will be allocated for the Education catch up plan, Social Welfare support for communities, and provision of quarantine sites by the Public Works Department.

The unemployment rate is a major concern for the nation. Statistically from mid-June, the Unemployment Insurance Fund supplied 23 billion rand for COVID-19 relief to more than 4.7 million workers resulting from the pandemic.

The Supplementary Budget was motivated by current circumstances. The country is not big on the habit of saving. Mboweni emphasized that lenders need surety that money will be paid back. It takes lengthy negotiations before loans are approved. The main objective is a fiscally affordable compensation system. 

Source: opera.com
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