The issue of land reform needs to be tackled with sensitivity, sensibility and within the full ambit of the law. While we cannot afford to ignore the issue any longer, neither can we tackle it with recklessness.
Normally we are only treated to two budget instalments per year – in February and October, but this year it will be three.
Here we are, facing a medium-term budget policy that has taken on an importance far beyond what it was designed for.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been an extraordinary economic crisis in that its effects have reached into all our cities and villages at the same time.
It was with great trepidation that we entered those uncertain days of the great lockdown.
Let me start by stating the obvious: the Covid-19 crisis has been devastating to our economy.
The call from BLSA, labour and civil society for greater urgency in the state’s response to the economic crisis sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic has been loud and clear.
We are about a week away from a medium-term budget policy speech that comes in a most extraordinary year for all of us.
It’s almost a month since the state, labour, business and civil society agreed to an economic recovery plan at Nedlac. Now implementation is critical.
A central cog of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic recovery plan is boosting confidence in the country’s renewal after a decade of demoralising tales about “state capture”.
Flouting lockdown regulations has become almost as common an occurrence as the frequency with which the regulations themselves change.
The land issue in South Africa has not grown less important despite the seeming lack of focus on it at the moment.