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


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Budget 2015 - The Speech

Budget 2015 - The Speech

Finance Minster Nhlanhla Nene will deliver his budget speech at 2pm. South Africa needs more revenue; how will it be raised?

Popular articles
[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

Lecturer at TUT's Dept of Tourism, Unathi Henama says that the tourism sector is at the center of the economic policies in SA.

[LISTEN] Cape Town Marathon: 'For record attempts you need some perfect weather'

[LISTEN] Cape Town Marathon: 'For record attempts you need some perfect weather'

The Cape Town Marathon will be held on Sunday, 23 September.

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

Is biology putting the brakes on your sexuality? Callers share their experiences of sex and growing older.

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

Naked Scientist, Chris Smith shares his insights on some of the risks associated with smoking marijuana.

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv has lost about 140 000 Premium subscribers to Netflix over the past two years, tech expert Arthur Goldstuck.

17-year-old learner killed teacher for not allowing him to jump the food queue

17-year-old learner killed teacher for not allowing him to jump the food queue

Spokesperson for Education department says the fact that this learner is still in Grade 10 at 17 may indicate there is a problem.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.