Finance Minister Chris Liebenberg presents his budget

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Wednesday, 13 March 1996

The SA finance minister, Chris Liebenberg, presented his 1996 - 1997 budget to parliament. It was a cautious package intended to reduce the fiscal deficit and provide tax relief to low and middle-income groups. Liebenberg pronounced his primary aim as to build on the government's reputation for fiscal discipline, while paving the way for more significant budgetary reforms in the 1997-1998 financial year. He further reported perpetual economic growth, registering 3.5 per cent in 1995, the highest since 1988.

• Keesing's Record of World Events, News Digest for March, 1996 p. 40985.
• Nelson Mandela 1996 from Nelson Mandela [online] Available at: [Accessed: 14 March 2014]

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This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011