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The minister of finance is hard at work drawing up the national budget, and he wants input from the public on where they want the government to spend its money.
SHARE your pointers with Pravin Gordhan as the minister of finance prepares the national budget, to be tabled to Parliament on 23 February at 2pm.

In his annual Pointers for Pravin campaign, Gordhan has welcomed the input of the people and what they want to see in the country’s 2011 financial plan.

“This year, the minister would specifically like to get the country’s views on how South Africa can achieve an economic growth rate of 7 percent a year over the next 20 years,” the ministry said.

“South Africans are also encouraged to send through tips on how this growth can be made more inclusive, ie spread to more people and thus reduce unemployment, poverty and inequality.”

Started in 2001 by the former finance minister, Trevor Manual, as Tips for Trevor, the campaign has been extended by Gordhan. It runs throughout the year, ensuring “active participation in government programmes, especially matters related to the economy”.

Gordhan’s Facebook fan page has been flooded with suggestions from the public.

Nonhlanhla Mkwanazi, for example, posted a comment saying: “Funding for NGOs that cater for people with disabilities. There is not much attention given to such a disadvantaged group, their education, health and employment. People with disabilities must be prioritised in 2011 please.”

Pointers can be sent via the National Treasury website, posted on Gordhan’s Facebook fan page, faxed to 012 315 5126, or posted to Private Bag X115, Pretoria 0001.

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