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Civil society calls on Parliament to support progressive taxation and halt proposed regressive measures

As civil society organisations we are alarmed at the regressive taxation measures proposed in the 2018 Budget Speech, particularly the proposed VAT and fuel levy increases. While we recognise the need to raise additional revenue for the national fiscus, the proposals made to Parliament by Minister Gigaba make the tax regime more regressive and stand to exacerbate already unacceptably high levels of poverty and inequality.

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Escalation of measures to combat COVID-19 epidemic prioritizes lives, but not livelihoods

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Budget Justice Coalition Disappointed by Mboweni’s Bleak Budget: The Aloe is just surviving, not thriving!

The 2020 budget proposals risk further harm to the economy by slashing funding for socio-economic development.

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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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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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Media statement: Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement undermines government’s constitutional duty to protect and promote human rights

Media statement: Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement undermines government’s constitutional duty to protect and promote human rights

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Media Advisory: Budget Justice Coalition submission calls on Parliament to put a stop to corruption in emergency procurement

On Friday, 05 June, Parliament’s Standing Committee will hold public hearings on the 2020 Appropriations Bill. The Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) will make an oral submission reiterating its calls for all Parliamentary Committees to consider the inputs made by civil society in the past two months on a range of fiscal governance and human rights concerns.

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Government fails to live up to COVID-19 socio-economic relief promises

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Finding money to fight Covid-19: Transparency and participation are the bottom-lines

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Government’s COVID-19 economic response inadequate and punitive

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Detailed analysis of the Supplementary Budget proposals on spending, debt and raising more revenue

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Budget Justice Coalition - Imali Yesizwe (Our Nation's Money)

Executive Summary of Imali Yesizwe (Our Nation’s Money) - an alternative human-rights based budget for South Africa.

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BJC Media release: Imali Yesizwe, an alternative Human Rights Budget

22 October 2020

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Opinion pieces

BJC Opinion Pieces

A selection of opinion pieces form the BUdget justice Coalition.

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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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Pro poor

Civil Society calls on the Finance Minister to deliver a pro-poor 2018 budget

The annual national budget has profound implications for poor and working people, and civil society is committed to engaging with government to ensure a pro-poor policy agenda. Towards this end, civil society organisations held a budget workshop on 15-16 February 2018 to explore critical issues in the runup to the 2018 budget speech, and ways for civil society to engage with the budget going forward.

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BJC reaffirms the need for a rights-oriented budget

The Budget Justice Coalition notes the irony of a budget handed down on World Day of Social Justice that slashes R50.3 billion from social expenditure over the next three years. While we recognise the tight financial spot the Treasury has been painted into by widespread corruption, under-delivering departments and failing SOEs, especially Eskom – we urge government to recall its first duty: to ensure the progressive realisation of people’s Constitutional rights.

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