In the news today: On Wednesday 20 February, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will present his much-anticipated National Budget. We look at some predictions from industry experts

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Budget speech to shed light on Eskom

The current electricity crisis looms over Wednesday’s budget speech – but will government move some of Eskom’s debt onto its own balance sheet?  READ MORE

Can Finance Minister Tito Mboweni pull off a ‘great escape’?

Craig Pheiffer, chief investment strategist at Absa Stockbrokers and Portfolio Management, says that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will need a good escape strategy when he presents the National Budget on Wednesday.  READ MORE

Budget deficit to increase?

According to law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, a short-term increase in the budget deficit and debt-to-GDP ratio is highly likely.  READ MORE

Budget 2019: a harsh reality check

Fat-trimming and belt-tightening look to be the likely outcomes of this year’s budget speech – particularly in light of macroeconomic, political and other challenges.  READ MORE

Getting harder to balance state books

Government has little room to manoeuvre in this year’s budget, says Maarten Ackerman, chief economist at Citadel – and tax revenues are likely to miss targets.  READ MORE