It may be the economic powerhouse of the country, but Gauteng also has the highest concentration of poverty. "Our cost of living is high, food and transport costs are high. But this budget will bolster confidence so that we can have healthy growth in the economy," a business breakfast heard.
Tax breaks for low income earners, but an increase in the fuel and road accident levies and in sin taxes. The finance minister pulled off a careful balancing act in a slow economy and an election year, tightening the reins on public spending but laying the foundation for the National Development Plan.
While jobs have been created since the "low point of the 2009 recession", the 24% unemployment rate was "still too high", Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in his annual Budget speech in parliament on Wednesday. Watch video of the speech and view and download key documents.
Youth development NPO Fountain of Youth prepares young South Africans to make their mark successfully on the country's economy. Through skills programmes and projects it arms at-risk youth with skills to succeed.
South Africa, it is said, is one of the most unequal societies in the world. Yet it has a plan to change this, and that's where the National Development Plan comes in.
Learnerships, skills training and help with job placement for disabled people are part of the offerings of I Can. There are several I Can academies countrywide, that give seta-accredited training to disabled people across a number of fields.