Finance Minister Nhalnhla Nene said government's reduction in spending since 2013 is starting to bear fruit with less money going to consultants and caterers. It has freed up funds that is now being allocated to more important areas such as basic education and health. Here are the numbers that show government is spending in the right places.
Our taxes pay for many things we take for granted: roads, defence, civic services. But a large chunk also helps support those in need – children, the poor, the elderly, the disabled and even war veterans. Social assistance is an important part of South Africa's strategy to fight poverty, inequality and unemployment. Here's a breakdown of how your taxes help those in need.
National Marine Month is under way in South Africa, and it is the perfect time to shine a spotlight on the country's unique, geographic position. The ocean economy has the potential to alleviate poverty and create jobs. But how much do you really know about our seas?
South Africa kept its fourth position out of 54 countries in the 2015 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, released on Monday, and edged up in the safety and rule of law category.
With interaction between BRICS countries increasing and trade rising, the grouping of Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa is transforming from a loose economic category into a global governance institution - with significant benefits for South Africa.
National Marine Month is celebrated from 1 to 31 October in South Africa; it's a time when protecting the country's marine resources comes to the fore. One of the reasons to take action is because the oceans feed us. Learn more about our seas by viewing our gallery.
Fairtrade is a common-good philosophy that aids better trading conditions for producers and the export of their products (particularly in Africa). In addition, it promotes sustainability associated with trade and in the manufacturing sector. It works by holding both manufacturer and consumer to higher social and environmental standards.