JOHANNESBURG – With Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tabling his Medium-term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday, UASA has identified a few major issues we would like to see solutions to or at least cleared up during the Minister’s speech.
The first of these is tax revenue. The South African taxpayers’ trust in the SA Revenue Service (Sars) is declining rapidly because of the estimated R60 billion shortfall that taxpayers expect to have to pay for. The working class is under immense pressure due to high costs of living and are reaching a point where they may start dodging taxes because they simply cannot afford to pay more.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday announced the plan regarding Eskom. We expect a clear, decisive and unforgiving plan to turn Eskom around once and for all. Throwing money at the state-owned company whenever it threatens with load shedding will not cut it any longer in the eyes of the already suspicious taxpaying public.