Fitch says South Africa’s budget partly reverses fiscal deterioration

PUBLISHED: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:05:26 GMT

South Africa’s budget reverses some of last year’s fiscal deterioration but poor finances of state-owned companies remain a major risk to fiscal targets, ratings agency Fitch said on Friday.

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In a budget announced on Wednesday, the Treasury said value-added tax would be raised for the first time in 25 years, part of efforts to cut the deficit and stabilise debt.

“This would represent a partial reversal of recent fiscal deterioration,” Fitch said in a statement.

“Nevertheless, fiscal targets are subject to substantial risks, the largest of which stems from state-owned enterprises, notably the electricity company Eskom, whose medium-term finances are under pressure.”

Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Editing by James Macharia

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