There was some good news for children in Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2011 budget speech which shed some light on several aspects of the State of the nation Address by President Zuma earlier in February.
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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented the 2011/12 National Budget to Parliament on 23 February 2011 in Cape Town.
We are pleased to present you with a special edition of NGO Pulse which highlights the perspectives of various NGOs in response to the budget.
MIET Africa welcomes the 2011/12 budget. Preparing a budget that has both significant short-term and long-term implications is extremely difficult, but it is a crucial task. Minister Gordhan and his staff have once again risen to the challenge. They have presented a well balanced budget - one that caters not only for immediate development needs, but also seeks to achieve longer-term imperatives.
The People's Budget Coalition is a coalition of trade unions, churches, civil society organisations and NGOs groupings under the auspice of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), South African Council of Churches (SACC) and South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO).
We have taken note of the budget announced by the Minister of Finance.
The Peoples Budget Coalition has for many years been campaigning for the adoption of fiscal and monetary policies that will make a decisive intervention in the battle against unemployment, poverty and inequalities.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on 23 February 2011 once again presented a budget outlining government’s priorities for spending. Whilst we welcome the apparent shift in emphasis from encouraging entitlement through social grants towards an expectation that all people in South Africa should play a role and be empowered to do so, especially through job creation and inclusive growth, we need to highlight the continuing urgent need for poverty relief we encounter in our everyday work.
While it is reassuring to know that government still thinks it is important to spend money on making communities safer, Tshwaranang will be reserving its excitement until we’ve seen the Budget Votes for the departments of Police and Justice and Constitutional Development respectively. A National Budget after all, only sets out, in broad brushstrokes, what government thinks is important in the overall scheme of things; it doesn’t give us specifics. And as the saying goes, the devil is always in the detail.
There is a lot to be said for a boring budget speech, such as the one that Mr Pravin Gordhan has just delivered. There was no need for him to announce any particular tough measures: no increases in income tax; no more than the usual jumps in sin taxes and fuel levies; a borrowing requirement that, although a bit higher than previously, remains low, and quite manageable, by international standards.
The above organisations in the Social Development and Welfare Sector acknowledge with great appreciation the emphasis on job creation in the budget speech delivered by the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan on 23 February 2011.
The recently released national budget reflects a consistency with many of the main policy commitments of the State of the Nation Address.