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1 May 2016
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04 Mar 2016
 
 
Prudence alone won’t cut it
REAL ECONOMY: BUDGET 2016
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan stressed on Wednesday that tax hikes of R18-billion and expenditure cuts of R15-billion to restore fiscal credibility were but one element of improving the outlook...
 
 
26 Feb 2016
 
Gridlocked
REAL ECONOMY: ELECTRICITY
Much emphasis is rightly being given to Africa’s electricity generation backlogs, with the African Union estimating that a whopping 700 GW of new capacity will be required by 2040 to close the...
 
 
19 Feb 2016
 
Uniting against junk
REAL ECONOMY: BUDGET 2016
Staving off a downgrade to junk has emerged as the undisputed priority for government ahead of the 2016 Budget. There is, at last, an acute appreciation that the country’s serious loss of...
 
 
12 Feb 2016
 
Avoiding junk
REAL ECONOMY: ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Avoiding South Africa’s downgrade to junk status is arguably the South Africa’s first priority for 2016. Achieving that goal, though, is going to be extremely difficult in a context of heightened...
 
 
05 Feb 2016
 
Bad news abounds
REAL ECONOMY: COMMODITIES OUTLOOK
While South Africa has a relatively diversified economy, its mining industry remains an important source of export earnings and jobs. Therefore, the World Bank’s latest ‘Commodity Markets Outlook’...
 
 
29 Jan 2016
 
What is prudent?
REAL ECONOMY: ELECTRICITY
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has the unenviable task of assessing the ‘prudency’ of Eskom’s application to recoup what it has calculated to be a R22.8-billion cost and...
 
 
22 Jan 2016
 
Can we change the SA narrative?
REAL ECONOMY: SOUTH AFRICA
So it’s going to be another difficult year economically and socially. Sadly, we have also started 2016 on the wrong foot. The rand has come under intense pressure, owing to a combination of...
 
 
15 Jan 2016
 
Hopes versus expectations
REAL ECONOMY: 2016 OUTLOOK
As 2016 begins, a perceptibly large divide has emerged between hopes and expectations, with perceptions and forecasts about the coming 12 months having been shaped chiefly by South Africa’s dismal...
 
 
 
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