Budget 2011: Are we getting better at achieving more with less?

Idasa believes South Africa’s 2011 Budget will be released against a more favourable economic backdrop than the 2009 or 2010 Budgets, but warns that the current degree of economic recovery and the slightly more favourable fiscal position should not blind the country to the continuing unemployment crisis in the wake of the recession.

The manager of the Budget Unit of Idasa’s Political Information & Monitoring Service, Len Verwey, points out in the run-up to the 2011 Budget Speech that active industrial policy has to be a cornerstone of the effective developmental state, but is concerned that right now we simply do not have the required common front between government, labour, business and civil society to achieve it. Read his comment in the run-up to the Budget Speech here.

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