The budget deficit for the 2018/19 financial year is expected to widen to 4.3% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – which is higher than the 2018 Budget estimate of 3.8%.

Impetus driving the December deadline is next year's US presidential elections after Bush's first term

Pretoria - The Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and the US started talks on a free trade agreement here yesterday, saying the accord could be finalised within 18 months.

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