Collaboratively building understanding

The Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) aims to collaboratively build people's participation in and understanding of South Africa's budget and planning processes.

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Rights-oriented budget

A Medium Term Budget Policy Statement that is blind to gender, inequality and ignores Constitutional duties on the state cannot take our country forward

The Budget Justice Coalition is concerned that the 2019 MTBPS proposes a deepening of austerity (cutting expenditure to address debt) in the country.

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GBV

Government is not serious about ending Gender Based Violence

Despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s pronouncements in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) just two weeks ago, there is no evidence in the budget delivered by Minister Tito Mboweni on 20 February 2019 that government is serious about ending Gender Based Violence in this country.

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MTBPS expectations

No winners from Minister Mboweni’s MTBPS2018 address

Cape Town, 25 October 2018 – Rather than taking bold steps to stimulate the economy and embark on a more inclusive growth path, the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) tinkers at the margins. While the statement focused on improving governance and strengthening institutions such as SARS, it is the view of the Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) that an economic recovery and turnaround will come only from investment in our human capital and a stronger focus on meeting the constitutional obligations of the State.

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MTBPS expectations

Civil society organizations highlight MTBPS expectations

Newly appointed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has to deliver one of the most challenging Medium Term Budget Policy Statements (MTBPS) of the democratic era tomorrow (24 October 2018). A Value Added Tax (VAT) hike, increased fuel prices and real cuts in key social spending areas (including education, human settlements and health care)

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Mitgiating VAT

Mitigating the impact of the increase in the VAT rate on poor and low-income households

As civil society organisations (CSOs) we are concerned by the tax proposals made by the 2018 National Budget (‘the Budget’) and contained within the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill 2018 (‘the Bill’), in particular its regressive tax measures, most notably the increase to VAT, and the harsh spending cuts that will result from the proposed revenue levels.

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Who we are

The purpose of the Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) is to collaboratively build people's participation in and understanding of South Africa's budget and planning processes. We do budget advocacy to mobilise the power of the people to ensure that the state advances social, economic and environmental justice that meets people's rights, quality of life and dignity in a developmental, equitable and redistributive way.

The BJC is a voluntary coalition of civil society organisations. The BJC is not a stand-alone organisation, but a coalition of organisations.

The founding member organisations include: the Public Service Accountability Monitor, Section27, Alternative Information and Development Center (AIDC), Equal Education, Equal Education Law Centre, Children’s Institute, Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, Institute for Economic Justice and the Dullah Omar Institute.

The Steering Committee of the Budget Justice Coalition is currently comprised of representatives from the following organisations:

  • Alternative Information and Development Centre
  • Dullah Omar Institute, Women and Democracy initiative
  • Equal Education
  • Institute for Economic Justice
  • Oxfam South Africa
  • Public Service Accountability Monitor
  • Rural Health Advocacy Project
  • Section 27
  • Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute
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