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25 March 2017
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22 Mar 2017
DA: Alf Lees says DA welcomes the Tax Ombud investigation into refund delays by SARS
The Democratic Alliance welcomes the announcement by the Tax Ombud, Judge Bernard Ngoepe, that he will conduct an investigation into systemic failures at the South African Revenue Service (SARS)...
13 Mar 2017
DA: Alf Lees says DA welcomes that our request for the Tax Ombud to investigate SARS has been taken up
The DA is pleased that the Tax Ombud, Judge Bernard Ngoepe, has asked for permission from Finance Minister Gordhan to investigate possible systemic problems with the payment of refunds by the South...
23 Feb 2017
#Feesmustfall #Budget2017 #Gradtax?
Following the student protests that have rocked the country in recent years, Minister Gordhan announced several adjustments to university fees, and appointed a commission to assess the feasibility...
Budget 2017: Personal income tax developments
In the 2017 Budget Speech, Minister Gordhan noted that (for the first time since 2009/10) tax revenues have not kept pace with economic growth.  The projected tax revenue shortfall for 2016/17 is...
22 Feb 2017
Solidarity: Gerhard Van Onselen on Budget speech: Joe Public to foot the bill for declining ANC support
Trade union Solidarity today, after the February Budget Speech, levelled strong criticism at the ANC government’s political promises – promises that now have to be funded to a greater extent by the...
16 Feb 2017
15 Feb 2017
DA: Alf Lees says SAA’s R1.16 billion fine, Myeni must go
South African Airways (SAA) are once again in deep financial trouble after the South Gauteng High Court today ruled in favour of Comair and ordered SAA to pay a R1.16 billion fine for...
30 Nov 2016
25 Nov 2016
KZN: Belinda Scott: Address by KZN MEC for Finance, during the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial adjustment budget 2016/17, KZN Legislature (24/11/2016)
As indicated by the National Minister for Finance in his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement Speech on 26 October 2016, the South African economy is still under severe pressure.
18 Nov 2016
DPME: Jeff Radebe: Address by Minister in the Presidency for PME, on payment of service providers by government within 30 days, National Assemby (17/11/2016)
It is important to reflect on the question – “why is it so important to pay service providers on time and within 30 days of a valid invoice?”
15 Nov 2016
SAFCEI : Parliament going backwards into the dark ages
According to media reports, Parliament is going to discuss the nuclear deal in secret. This seems to be more nuclear fall-out from the Public Protector’s State Capture report.  First the Cabinet...
26 Oct 2016
SAFCEI: Response to Minister Gordhan's budget: Bring down the limping buffalo
Minister Gordhan presented his medium term budget statement in parliament today. In the detailed budget documents on the Treasury website, the Treasury recognizes that renewables can provide...
FUL and HSF: NPA subpoena to Government Pensions Administration Agency is a desperate attempt to prop up prosecution of Minister of Finance
Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation have become aware that, on 20 October 2016, the National Prosecuting Authority issued a subpoena to the CEO of the Government Pensions...
17 Oct 2016
Oakbay Investments: Oakbay Investments sets the record straight on Optimum Rehabilitation Fund
Oakbay confirms that no monies have been removed from the Optimum Rehabilitation Fund. The Rehabilitation Fund balance was moved from Optimum Mine Rehabilitation Trust's account with Standard Bank...
SACBC Justice and Peace Commission: The ANC and the President should urgently address Gordhan’s case and the government at war with itself
We have taken note of the charges laid against the finance minister, Mr. Gordhan. While we respect the independence of the Hawks and the courts, as well as the need for the court processes to take...
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