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Is the budget really pro-poor?

@City_Press 2 March 2015 16:45

In his budget speech this week, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene emphasised the importance of keeping SA fiscal policy progressive – that is, geared at redistributing resources from the rich to the poor. His tax proposals support this principle by raising taxes for the rich. But in truth, it is far more complicated than that.

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