Govt urges SA to engage with #Budget2017 on Twitter

Cape Town – Government invites South Africans to participate in the 2017 Budget by using the Twitter hashtag #Budget2017.

Government Communications’ Donald Liphoko said in a statement it’s important for the public to be informed about the budget so as to start and join in conversations on South Africa’s economy. 

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is set to deliver his budget speech on Wednesday February 22 at 14:00 during a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament – the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). 

He is widely expected to announce a number of tax increases to raise additional revenue and possibly touch on how government intends to fund the National Health Insurance, the nuclear build programme and funding for higher education.

The speech will be broadcast live on a number of platforms, including the SABC, eNCA, Parliamentary channel and radio stations, Liphoko said. 

“The annual budget is an important economic instrument as it sets the tone for government delivery in line with commitments made by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address. It also prioritises spending to enable government to achieve its goals,” he added. 

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