The plan presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will contain spending, increase revenue and encourage economic growth, while helping rein in “precarious and unsustainable” state debt, Ramaphosa said Monday in his weekly statement. Containing the public-sector wage bill is “critical” to stabilizing state finances, he said.
“We are fixing our public finances to make inclusive growth and job creation possible,” Ramaphosa said. “Such times call for us to be realistic, not dogmatic. They call for cooperation, not conflict. Compromises and trade-offs will have to be made.”