- Tito Mboweni delivered his budget speech, impressing Mzansi
- Mzansi felt former minister of finance, Malusi Gigaga did not live up to expectations
- Social media users compared the two minister's speeches
South Africa has been buzzing with talk about the 2019 budget speech, delivered by Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni. This is Mboweni’s first budget speech address and had Mzansi eagerly awaiting his plans to carry the country into economic success.
Mboweni focused on reforming state-owned enterprises, educating the youth and helping people procure property.
South Africans took to social media to compare Mboweni’s speech to that given by former finance minister, Malusi Gigaba.
One Twitter user, Gustavo Fring reminded Mzansi about Gigaba’s speech where he channelled his inner Kendrick Lamar to promise South Africa that ‘we gonna be alright’, only to have VAT increase and the country fall into the economic abyss, Briefly.co.za found.
Another user, Lokothwayo Dhlamini felt that Gigaba had simply rehashed what his predecessors, Pravin Gordhan and Nhlanhla Nene had said in their speeches.
Social media users joked that Mboweni was already off to a head start because no matter what he says, it has to be better than Gigaba’s attempts.
In contrast, Mzansi seemed to be in higher spirits after Mboweni’s address, saying that he gave South Africans hope that the situation could change. His speech also resulted in a boost for the rand which saw some improvement.
Social media users seemed to have confidence in Mboweni’s plans and hoped that they will be properly implemented.
South Africans were also impressed that he didn't read his speech, giving the impression that he knew what he was talking about.
South Africans did have some concerns though and expressed that they would have liked to hear more about job creation and also didn’t feel quite pleased with more taxpayer money being funnelled into the dysfunctional Eskom.
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