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As the nation waits to hear Finance Minister Trevor Manuel's budget speech on February 20 , Sowetan took to the streets to get people's opinions on which areas should benefit the most from Manuel's budget.
Sam Hlongwane: Child grants must be increased because parents get the money but children still go hungry. I think he must also increase pensions.
Tumaini Mabogoane: Education is important, but this time he needs to look at more than just school fees.
He must consider things such extramural activities which are more than just learning some maths, but develop people as well.
The arts need more funding. The National Arts Council is not enough. It's very difficult for artists to find cash to put up exhibitions.
Social grants are being abused because people will find any kind of excuse not to work just to get these grants.
They'll say they have five kids when they actually have two.
Government must focus on creating infrastructure which will allow people to do things for themselves, and get information out there that funding is available.
Joni Makhado: Less taxes for companies would be great because the overall effect is a boost for employment and the economy.
Those who smoke and drink can afford to be pinched a little bit more because those are unnecessary luxuries.
David Mamane: I would be happy if he could just cut tax because everything is just so expensive. We can't even afford to feed our families.
Old people deserve to get more on their pension.
Child grants should just be cut because the mothers don't use the money for the children but for their own needs.
Sean King: There needs to be more focus on how the money that's been allocated is distributed.
Wesley Cornelius: His approach in the past has been appropriate because tax has been hiked on things such as cigarettes and alcohol.
I think he's been doing a fantastic job so far.
Paulus Dladla: I would say the minister must focus on tax relief first and then give more money to schools because kids have passed their matric but they can't get jobs after that. HIV-Aids also needs more funding.
Buli Madikane: I think the most important thing is education and health. We need more money in education to boost the standard of education, getting more teachers trained and paying them more.
Government hospitals are terrible so he needs to focus on that.
Richard Sibisi: My main worry is that we have heard that Tiger Brands was fined for bread price-fixing, but where has that money gone to?
I was hoping they would cut the price of bread, but that has not been done.
Middle-aged people will never get houses because land is expensive and houses are expensive, so buying your own home is just a pipe dream. Salaries are not going up, but the cost of living is.
Lindsey Sharp: More of a concern for me is that Trevor Manuel is not going to stick around because if he goes the economy will go haywire. He has done a good job up until now.
I think with regard to taxes on liquor and cigarettes, it's always an important thing for that to go up.
Hasina Omar: I think he needs to look after the layman and cut taxes and let the economy grow.
Grants are a good idea and he should raise those more.