South Africa’s ability to pay for a covid-19 vaccine has come into question, as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Economic Recovery Plan failed to impress confidence.
Chartered accountant, and political analyst, Khaya Sithole raised this concern as this aspect of living during a pandemic was not mentioned in the President’s plan on Thursday.
“How much are you going to put aside in order to make sure that when the vaccine does come, we do not find ourselves waiting a year simply because we cannot afford a product that’s already there to save lives.”
Sithole has expressed hope that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni would provide this clarity when he delivers his Mid-Term Budget on October 28.
Economists largely expect the Minister to further entrench austerity measures on South Africans.
Earlier this month saw unions taking to the streets demanding an end to corruption and wage cuts amongst others.
Corruption has drained the country’s coffers, and South Africans have been left at the mercy of an economic plan that will ask them to once again make sacrifices.
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