What #Budget2015 means for the South African walking on the street

We asked everyday South Africans what issues they were hoping the budget speech would address and then had Bruce Whitfield explain what the budget speech means for South Africans in various income brackets:

For those in the lower income brackets, we promise this will make you smile (even just a little):

Below, meet the people we approached on the street and the various issues that they raised.

Booker-Tee Hartley, 21, Student

Named after renowned American author "Booker T. Washington", 21-year-old Booker-Tee is a law student at the University of South Africa.

Although she comes from an affluent family in Eldorado States, she's concerned at the lack of access to funding for Higher Education for young South Africans.

Will Minister Nene say anything that could allow Higher Education to be more accessible to all South Africans?

Adrian Tronkin, 40, IT Consultant

Adrian is an IT Consultant, but he says that his primary role in life is that of caretaker to his special needs son.

He is concerned at the lack of attention that the government gives to equipping schools to teachspecial needs children in the school system.

How could Minister Nene's speech affect Adrian's son being a part of the school system?

Thato Mokgatle, 21, Student

Thato is a film student at AFDA, when we bumped into him on the streets of Jo'burg he'd just had a few beers.

We weren't surprised when Thato expressed his concern thatsin tax was unnecessary, "why does the government care what I put into my own body, take care of the potholes on the road".

How many other South Africans will be upset when Minister Nene addresses sin tax in his speech today?

Pierre Lombard, 34, Small Business Owner

Pierre is in Jo'burg on business this week, he lives in Sea Point, Cape Town and owns a cinema in the Mother City.

Pierre's challenge to Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, was that the Minister use the budget speech to set a vision for South Africa that all South Africans can buy into and build towards.

Siyabonga Ngobese, 26, Security Guard

Siyabonga guards a car dealership in the Jo'burg CBD, he commutes to the CBD from Freedom Park, Soweto.

A man of few words Siyabonga's biggest concern is hisjob security (and medical aid) and how the Minister's budget speech could affect hiin this respect.

Portia Tshabalala, 25, Unemployed

Portia lives in a collapsed and neglected building in the Jo'burg CBD on the corner of Commissioner Street, we were shocked to find Portia and many others living in the building behind her.

She told 702 and Cape Talk that she doesn't believe the government cares for people on the street.


This article first appeared on 702 : What #Budget2015 means for the South African walking on the street


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