SOUTH AFRICA: Emergency budget – fast lane to the fiscal cliff?

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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s adjustment budget – due on 24 June – is expected to forecast the budget deficit climbing to more than 14% of GDP. Immediate questions will revolve around how April’s ZAR 500bn stimulus package will be financed, which will include the reprioritization of existing spending and external financing from lenders like the IMF. Also under scrutiny will be whether the government sends any convincing signals regarding long-overdue structural reforms and other efforts to boost anemic growth (most likely on the infrastructure front). According to a presenta
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