The JSE Top40 index added 0.22 percent to 42 535.95 and the broader all share index was up 0.13 percent at 47 017.19.
The stock market showed little immediate reaction to the release of the Budget and its news that the government had cut its growth forecast for this year to 2.7 percent.
The rand softened by about 0.9 percent to the dollar, giving a boost to resource companies and other exporters.
"Stocks have been bouncing around a fair amount, mainly on the back of a volatile rand,"
Bucking the trend was transport company
Gold producers retreated after the price of gold fell for the first time in five day. In its biggest decline since
About 196 million shares were traded.
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