National Treasury has released a frank and introspective economic policy document in which it stresses the country’s clear and pressing economic issues and puts forward a game plan on how to address these. Released on Tuesday, August 27, the report will be open to public comment until mid-September. The document emphasises the importance of a major role for the private sector and even suggests privatising some state-owned assets, which makes its publication a political act.
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