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South Africa vows to strengthen its economy

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President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

THE South African government has renewed its determination to revive the country’s sliding economy. The country’s new Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan made this pledge yesterday after his predecessor lasted just four days in the job amid a dramatic slump in the rand.

According to him, “We will stay the course of sound fiscal management, our expenditure ceiling is sacrosanct. We can have extra expenditure only if we raise extra revenue.”

President JacobTHE South African government has renewed its determination to revive the country’s sliding economy. The country’s new Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan made this pledge yesterday after his predecessor lasted just four days in the job amid a dramatic slump in the rand.

According to him, “We will stay the course of sound fiscal management, our expenditure ceiling is sacrosanct. We can have extra expenditure only if we raise extra revenue.”

President Jacob Zuma last week sacked Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene in favour of the little-known David van Rooyen, triggering a backlash that led to a U-turn on Sunday when Rooyen himself was removed.

AFP quoted Gohan saying, “The facts about the developments that took place last week and the response of the financial markets are well-known.”

“Our currency fell, the stock market dropped by 2.94 percent and bond yields shot up by over 150 basis points.

“Our government is acutely aware of the financial impact this had on those who are invested in this economy.”

Zuma was accused of sacking Nene partly because the minister had publicly slapped down a move by state-owned South African Airways (SAA) to renegotiate a plane-leasing deal with Airbus.


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