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Rumours and gossip which insinuate some conspiracy against Minister Gordhan are baseless and will not deter or divert government from moving forward with promoting fiscal consolidation and pushing for inclusive growth and job creation – President Jacob Zuma

Jacob ZumaPresident Zuma ready to take inclusive growth drive forward

The Budget process leading to the delivery of the 2016/17 Budget speech has been well-coordinated and executed. The President is pleased with the outcome and work is continuing to implement measures announced by President Jacob Zuma and Minister Pravin Gordhan.

President Zuma has praised the Minister and the Treasury team and Cabinet as a whole as this was a most difficult budget given the depressed economic climate.

Work will continue now in government to implement the directives.

President Zuma will be writing to Ministers and Deputy Ministers to formally communicate the new measures aimed at curbing expenditure within the public service. The National Treasury will also prepare official Treasury Instructions to departments on various aspects of the cost cutting directives.

Ahead of the State of the Nation Address and the Budget Speech the President had engaged the business community who outlined some key issues that need to be looked into in order to promote the ease of doing business in the country.

The President will convene the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Investment Promotion early next month to discuss the issues raised by business and other matters related to easing bottlenecks and attending to the regulatory and legislative challenges that were mentioned by business.

Minister Gordhan and Mr Jabu Mabuza, chairman of Telkom and Chairman of Business Unity South Africa, have been appointed as convenors of the Government-Business interface that is aimed at taking the investment promotion and inclusive growth drive forward.

The President will convene CEOs of top companies again in May to take stock of progress made on both sides.

RUMOURS AND GOSSIP

The President has noted the rumours and gossip which insinuate some conspiracy against Minister Gordhan. These baseless rumours and gossip will not deter or divert government from moving forward with promoting fiscal consolidation and pushing for inclusive growth and job creation.

The President, supported by Minister Gordhan and the entire Cabinet, are determined to turn the economy around, working with business and labour. The President has full confidence in Minister Gordhan and all his Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

The President will not comment on the matters in the media environment relating to SARS, which are being handled by law enforcement agencies, as this may wittingly or unwittingly impact on their work and independence.

By President Jacob Zuma

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