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31 May 2016
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01 Apr 2016
 
 
Critical ‘decoupling’
REAL ECONOMY: CARBON EMISSIONS
A new International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis of global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions points to what it calls a “decoupling” of greenhouse-gas emissions from economic growth. The...
 
 
25 Mar 2016
 
Junk ‘breathing space’
REAL ECONOMY: ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, following his return from an investor roadshow to the UK and the US, indicated that South Africa had been given “breathing space” until June to implement “concrete”...
 
 
18 Mar 2016
 
‘New’ development bank
REAL ECONOMY: DEVELOPMENT FINANCE
The New Development Bank (NDB), which is in the process of being established by the Brics bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is aspiring to begin approving its first batch of...
 
 
11 Mar 2016
 
Another hike. What next?
REAL ECONOMY: ELECTRICITY
Besides the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa’s) decision to grant Eskom a partial clawback of revenue and cost variations arising during the first year of the third multiyear price...
 
 
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...
 
 
 
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