PIC: It's all about the money, money, money...as Mboweni preps for Budget

2019-02-18 14:08 - Khulekani Magubane, Fin24
South African Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni arr
South African Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni arrives to deliver his medium-term budget speech on October 24, 2018. (RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images) ~ AFP

It's a well known fact that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has never shied away from airing his views on Twitter.

Whether the former SA Reserve Bank governor wants to sound off his views about calls to scrap Afrikaans from the University of Pretoria or whether he wants to tweet vague warnings about the state of the ANC in the throes of ideological warfare, Twitter is usually where it all happens.

However, on Sunday afternoon, Mboweni provided his more than 336 000 followers with a behind the scenes look at what happens during preparations for his Budget speech.

Mboweni tweeted a picture of himself with a team from National Treasury sitting around a table with the caption, 'Team National Treasury working on the budget speech today. February 17, 2019. Cape Town.'

Mboweni is due to table his 2019 national budget in the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

It is just as well that the minister is in gear to work. Wednesday's budget speech comes in the midst of an under-performing economy, growing debt and increasing woes for Eskom and other state owned entities. 

Shortly after his appointment as Finance Minister, Mboweni asked his followers whether he should continue to hold the reigns to his Twitter handle or hand them over to officials at National Treasury.

By the looks of it, he hasn't let go yet.