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6 July 2015
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07 May 2015
 
 
Reworked savings model
REAL ECONOMY: DEMAND MANAGEMENT
State-owned electricity utility Eskom has overhauled its approach to demand-side management (DSM), narrowing its focus to two main areas: a small number of large-scale industrial projects; and the...
 
 
30 Apr 2015
 
Significant developments
REAL ECONOMY: ELECTRICITY IN SA
A number of interesting developments have taken place in the electricity sector over the past few weeks that could have major long-term implications. Undoubtedly the most high profile of these was...
 
 
23 Apr 2015
 
Terms of trade weaken
REAL ECONOMY: AFRICA OUTLOOK
A sobering new World Bank report is forecasting that sub-Saharan Africa’s growth will slow to 4% in 2015 from 4.5% in 2014, owing to the weak commodity prices and the sharp fall in oil prices,...
 
 
16 Apr 2015
 
Primacy of Performance
REAL ECONOMY: ESKOM
In a recent presentation on the effect of South Africa’s electricity crisis on the mining sector, Chamber of Mines chief operating officer Roger Baxter included a PowerPoint slide titled ‘Problem...
 
 
09 Apr 2015
 
Decoupling needed
REAL ECONOMY: GROWTH & POWER
South Africa’s prevailing electricity shortages, conventional wisdom holds, are not only undermining the country’s actual economic performance, but also its future growth outlook. South African...
 
 
02 Apr 2015
 
Power priority
REAL ECONOMY: ELECTRICITY CRISIS
The unhealthy developments at the very top of Eskom are quite obviously destructive and destablising. But they are also diverting attention from the very real operational and financial problems...
 
 
26 Mar 2015
 
Probing Performance
REAL ECONOMY: ESKOM
One of the main reasons given for the recent suspension of Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona and three other senior executives related to a “lack of credible information” surrounding the poor performance...
 
 
19 Mar 2015
 
Growth speed limits
REAL ECONOMY: ECONOMY
In a recent speech delivered at the University of Cape Town, International Monetary Fund (IMF) first deputy MD David Lipton noted that several institutions, including the IMF, had downgraded South...
 
 
 
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