In 2019, news related to the South African economy has been particularly gloomy so far.

Not only are the woes of Eskom headline news, but also an indication that South Africa might soon be facing another credit downgrade.

Minister Tito Mboweni, in his Budget Speech on Wednesday, will have a very tough job convincing South Africans and the world about the viability of the government’s plans to make ends meet during this important election year.

To gauge the mood of South Africans, the Pulse of the people studies are carried twice a year on the Ipsos Khayabus project.

Interviewing a representative sample of at least 3 500 adult South Africans and some results from the study undertaken in November 2018 are presented.