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Johannesburg - Independent analysts have concluded that Agang SA's manifesto and turnaround plan for the country are economically viable, the party said on Friday.
The party said in a statement that analysts Ian Cruickshanks and Michelle Pingo de Abreu concluded that the aspects of the manifesto that could be costed would need R324,1 billion per year, or 30 percent more than the present budget.
However, this would be offset by efficiencies identified in the Agang SA's manifesto.
Cruickshanks said: “... Agang SA's approach is to use the existing budget differently and make different allocations to ensure its goals are met.”
As such, he believed that the party's manifesto was achievable in terms of budget allocation.
Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele said her party believed that the country's wealth made imperatives such as free education possible.
“Among the efficiencies we will bring to government are cutting down on the number of government departments, particularly those that have brought no value to citizens.”
Savings achieved through cutting bureaucracy could be better used serving the public, said Ramphele.
“We do not need to create more national income to do this, just the political will, imagination, and determination to put the country and its citizens first,” she said.