Cyril Ramaphosa joins a long list of presidents taking a cut in salary...
If the VAT increase is to remain in place, pragmatism and social justice demands that this list is expanded to cover other essentials.
While South Africa faces a new dawn, the budget is surprisingly balanced and not overly ambitious.
Also, according to Twitter, here are some other things VT may have written...
That fear unites South Africans – from economists, politicians, businesspeople, right- and left-wingers, to the common man.
"People thought that we were stupid; we don't know what we want. Now the very same people are celebrating free education."
The one percentage point increase in VAT has bigger repercussions than you might think.
Twitter users lament:"We can no longer afford beer."
Analysts warn that the country is not bridging the gap in its budget deficit fast enough, which may cause alarm among some ratings agencies.
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