The promised budget surplus depends on everything going right, and much more income tax says the Parliamentary Budget Office.
The budget bill just signed into law by the president will both make it harder for restaurants to take worker tips while reducing a form of inequality rife in the industry.
A revenue shortfall of about R50 billion has pushed the South African government to hike Value Added Tax (VAT) among other taxes.
South Africa's 2018 budget does not go far enough. Perhaps finance minister, Malusi Gigaba was caught up in the euphoria of the widely welcomed state of the nation address by Cyril Ramaphosa.
South Africa's 2018 national budget makes it clear that the slumber and corruption that has hampered state owned enterprises must come to an end.