People’s Budget Comments on Draft 2002 Division of Revenue Bill and Explanatory Memorandum COSATU Submission

These are the comments of the People's Budget - comprising the South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and the South African Council of Churches (SACC) - on the Draft 2002 Division of Revenue Bill and Explanatory Memorandum. This response should be read in the context of our submission on the 2001 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), presented to the Joint Budget Committee on 8 November 2001, which deals in more detail with the functional allocation of expenditure. To read the full document click here (Source: www.cosatu.org.za)

Power to the Powerful in South Africa, but the People also have Power Patrick Bond

It's a criminal gang,' announced Jeff Radebe, the African National Congress (ANC) minister of public enterprises, at a December (2001) press conference. He was blasting activists of the Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee (SECC) for their 'Operation Khanyisa!'--reconnect the power! -- campaign. Over six months, more than 3,000 families had their electricity supplies illegally switched back on, after being left in darkness when they couldn't afford to pay their enormous monthly bills. SECC volunteers risk electrification to do the work, and charge their neighbors nothing for the service. Radebe, ironically, is a leading member of the SA Communist Party. In May…