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Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni's Supplementary Budget speech

On 24 June 2020, Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni delivered his Supplementary Budget speech, confirming expectations of a substantial rise in debt levels, and expected borrowing from international institutions. 

Here are some of the key takeways: 

Budget deficit: The consolidated budget deficit is expected to reach 15.7% of GDP for the current financial year — 2020/2021 — sharply up from February’s estimate of 6.8% of GDP.

Debt to GDP ratio: The government’s debt levels will rise to 81.8% of GDP by the end of this fiscal year. This is compared to an estimate of 65.6% of GDP projected in February.  Government aims to stabilise debt at 87.4 percent of GDP in 2023/24, and is aiming for a primary surplus that year.

Growth forecast: The Treasury expects growth to contract 7.2%, the largest contraction in nearly 90 years. This is substantially worse that February’s forecast of 0.9% for 2020.

Revenue shortfall: Given the hit to the economy, the Treasury expects the revenue shortfall to be more than R300bn.

External support: The government intends to borrow $7bn (R121bn) from international finance institutions  

Healthcare: The budget proposes R21.5bn for Covid-19-related healthcare spending 

Covid-19 loan guarantee scheme: The scheme lent R10bn in its first month of operation.


Source: BusinessDay

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