Pravin Gordhan hasreleased our new 3 year budget plan and this is what he said in a nutshell
GROWTH - A cut to 3.1% in the economic growth forecast for 2011, rising to 3.4% in 2012, 4.1% in 2013 and 4.3% in 2014.
INFLATION - The headline consumer price index (CPI) is expected to average 5% in 2011 and remain below 6% over the next three years, within government’s 3% to 6% target range.
CURRENT ACCOUNT - The current account deficit is seen widening over the next three years from 3.4% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011 to 3.8% next year and 4.2% in 2014 as import growth outpaces export growth.
BUDGET DEFICIT - The treasury plans to trim the budget deficit to 3.3% in the 2014/15 financial year from 5.5% in 2011/12.
DEBT - National government net loan debt is projected to rise from just over R1 trillion at the end of 2011/12 to more than R1.5 trillion by 2014/15.
TAXES - Total government revenue, as a percentage of GDP, is seen falling slightly from an estimated 27.3% in 2011/12 to 27.0% in 2012/13 before reaching 27.7% in 2014/15.
SPENDING - All government expenditure as a percentage of GDP is seen declining gradually over three years, from an estimated 32.9% in 2011/12 to 32.2% in 2012/13 and 31.0% in 2014/15. The budget framework provides for a 5% annual cost of living adjustment for public sector employees.
REVENUE - tax revenue projection for 2011/12 is cut by R13bn to R728bn from R741bn - mainly on VAT receipt revisions - before recovering to R812bn in 2012/13.
TAX - The government says it will consider policy measures to raise tax revenue if the economy fails to recover as predicted.
JOB CREATION - Government will provide R25bn over next six years to boost industrial development zones, assist job creation and support transition to a green economy.
HEALTH - Treasury backs 10 pilots of the proposed national health insurance scheme, with further funding details expected in February 2012.
CLIMATE - South Africa is to strengthen climate change policies and seek global and private sector funding for green interventions over the next three years.
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