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What an awful budget - Roodt

Many words were used to describe the budget. They include “balanced”, “difficult but fair”, “understandable”, “conservative” (a major bank), “the price of the Zuma-years” (an analyst), “we had no option”, “balanced act under circumstances” (SACCI), “inevitable and enough to prevent a downgrade” (Raymond Parsons and PwC), “stabilise debt” (a journalist), “necessary bitter pill” (OUTA), “tough but hopeful” (the minister himself).No. It was far worse than that, says Dawie Roodt, chief economist at The Efficient Group.

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SA's medieval legal system among the most expensive in the world

The late Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, formerly Inkatha Freedom Party’s justice spokesman, was a Constitutional expert and an advocate for sweeping reform of our justice system. In this article he argued that the comraderie between competing lawyers prevents them from properly representing their clients. He also called for an end to the practice of using advocates as sit-in judges on exactly the same grounds - they are likely to go soft on their legal collegaues at the expense of justice. Sadly, Oriani-Ambrosini passed away in 2014 from a self-inflicted gun wound, his body wracked with cancer. He made an indelible impression on SA's Constitution and legal landscape. He called for an end to the split bar system of senior and junior counsel, one of the reasons why SA lawyers are among the most expensive in the world.

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Budget 2018 highlights

A summary of some of the key highights from Finance Minister Gigaba's Budget speech today.

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Nedbank client takes his case to the Jersey court

Ian Brakspear of Durban has been fighting his case against Nedbank for the better part of a decade. It all started when the bank foreclosed on a R7m loan he says he neither asked for nor received. A bizarre court case in Durban found in favour of the bank. Now Brakspear's mother has taken the case to the Jersey courts in search of justice. The Bailiwick Express reports on the latest developments.

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