DA urges Gordhan to prioritise job creation

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Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan at the 2013 World Bank Group/Fund Annual Meetings on 10 October 2013.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has to walk a tight-rope when delivering his Medium Term Budget speech this week.

The official opposition wants Gordhan to prioritise economic growth and job creation while also dealing with the tertiary education crisis.

The DA says the Finance Minister makes his speech at a time of political and economic uncertainty in the country.

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The party says it's up to Gordhan to maintain the fiscal deficit while also announcing a zero percent fees increase for students who's households earn less than R600,000 a year.

It's a plan with a likely price tag of R2,5-billion.

The party says the finance minister also needs to make a clear announcement on the future of state-owned enterprises and the way they are run.

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