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4 August 2015
Opinion
 
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05 Jun 2015
 
 
Shedding competitiveness
REAL ECONOMY: COMPETITIVENESS RANKING
South Africa slipped one position, from 52 to 53, in the latest world competitiveness ranking, which highlighted power and infrastructure shortfalls, high youth unemployment, as well as inadequate...
 
 
29 May 2015
 
Renewables rigour
REAL ECONOMY: ELECTRICITY
In an address dominated by the announcement that South Africa would indeed be moving ahead with a controversial procurement process for 9 600 MW of new nuclear capacity, Energy Minister Tina...
 
 
22 May 2015
 
Weak Enforcement
REAL ECONOMY: PREFERENTIAL PROCUREMENT
The local manufacturing industry has generally been supportive of moves by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to designate specific products for local procurement by the public sector....
 
 
15 May 2015
 
Urgency & Leadership
REAL ECONOMY: ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Headlines and statistics don’t always tell the entire story or the full truth about a situation. But the current news and statistical flow on the state of the South African economy is more than a...
 
 
08 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...
 
 
01 May 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...
 
 
24 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,...
 
 
17 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...
 
 
 
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