DA proposes big changes to finance minister's budget
In a statement released this week, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said that it will next week propose a R9.52 billion adjustment to South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan's 2016/17 budget. The DA noted in its statement that it will propose 399 amendments to fund six proposals, aimed at improving the lives of South Africans. According to the political party, the proposals are aimed at “creating jobs, fighting crime, supporting poor students, fighting corruption, providing relief to poor households and of course, providing drought relief”. Among the amendments and proposal are the allocation of an additional R1.2 billion to fund several new employment opportunities in the Expanded Public Works Programme (some 180 000 oppportunities, and a “hiring freeze” in certain departments, which the DA alleged will amount to a saving of R538.84 million. Other suggested amendments include discretionary cuts to VIP Protection and the much-talked-about presidential jet.