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August trade deficit ‘widens more than expected as exports disappoint’

16 hour(s) ago

SA’s trade balance‚ which includes trade with Botswana‚ Lesotho‚ Namibia and Swaziland‚ records R16.3bn deficit as exports decrease by R8.19bn from July to August

Economy

Deeply indebted consumers facing ‘perfect storm’

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17 hour(s) ago

Economists warn that rand may slide to R11.60 to dollar, weaker currency will have ‘severe impact’ on everything from food prices to imported vehicles

Business

Biggest threat to transformation is lack of commitment, says minister

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
17 hour(s) ago

Biggest threat to transformation in SA is lack of commitment by those who must drive processes, says labour minister

Business

Producer confidence lifts in second quarter

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18 hour(s) ago

Bureau for Economic Research says survey indicates manufacturers expect production growth to accelerate in fourth quarter

Opinion

ON THE MONEY: ‘Tesas’ to change SA’s savings culture

JSE is working with stockbrokers to develop new products that will allow for cheap, equities-based Tax Exempt Savings Accounts

The Big Picture

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Growth in credit extended to SA’s private sector moderates in August, reflecting limited access to credit as financial institutions tighten lending ...   Read More

Economy

Economy creates more formal-sector jobs

Job seekers wait in line to enter a government-run employment office in Madrid, Spain on Thursday.   Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Statistics SA quarterly employment statistics show most new jobs in second quarter in community services, trade, construction, finance industries

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Rand rate has a sorry tale to tell

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2 day(s) ago

It is not looking good for the rand. Once again, South Africa’s currency has been hit

Economy

Moyane sounds warning on state overspending

Thomas Moyane. Picture: GCIS
5 day(s) ago

New SA Revenue Service commissioner Thomas Moyane cautions departments to work within their means as any ‘extras’ will not simply be dished out

A panoramic view of Parliament, at the swearing-in ceremony of new members of Parliament in the National Assembly on Wednesday.  Picture: GCIS

EDITORIAL: Beware ills of protectionism

It has become trite to warn that success or failure of NDP will ultimately depend on how it is implemented but it is a reality that cannot be glossed over

Economy

Producer inflation slows more than expected in August

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5 day(s) ago

Producer inflation slows more than expected last month compared to a year ago as lower prices for intermediate manufactured goods and food offer producers some relief

Economy

Disposable income takes a knock as inflation rises, index finds

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5 day(s) ago

Findings show the average South African’s disposable income fell marginally to R12,224 last month — the first decline since January

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Strong dollar casting pall over rand

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2 day(s) ago

Stronger dollar usually causes weaker emerging market currencies and commodity prices and this is no exception, with analysts making dire predictions about further firmness, writes Maarten Mittner

Financial Services

Repayment rate of mortgages good after rout of financial crisis

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5 day(s) ago

More than 90% of mortgage repayments in SA are up to date, while banks raise criteria but lend more

Economy

Marcus successor not confined to Reserve Bank governor’s deputies

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
12 day(s) ago

Gill Marcus has stepped down from her position, opening door for two of her three deputies to take over as 10th governor of SA’s central bank

Economy

Outlooks for SA growth differ widely

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12 day(s) ago

Trade unions are more optimistic about economic growth than business

Economy

Gill Marcus steps down, interest rate unchanged

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
12 day(s) ago

Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus says this is her last MPC after announcing repo interest rate will be left unchanged at 5.75%

Labour

Mashaba believes minimum wage concept is a mistake

OUTSPOKEN: Herman Mashaba, chairman of the Free Market Foundation, says it is time for business leaders to speak truth to power.  Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
13 day(s) ago

Black business icon joins minimum wage debate as he believes it is set to hurt small business and is doomed for failure

Business

Guarantees to state enterprises reach limit

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13 day(s) ago

Sharp rise in guarantees and their draw-down rate will be closely watched by credit rating agencies, concerned about the deterioration in the current account deficit

Economy

Retail sales increase more than expected

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13 day(s) ago

General dealers, textile, clothing, footwear, leather goods sellers main contributors to improvement in retail sales in July

National

Thomas Moyane appointed as new head of SARS

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7 day(s) ago

Presidency announces it has appointed Thomas Moyane as commissioner of South African Revenue Service effective September 27

Economy

Producer prices surprise on the downside

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5 day(s) ago

Producer inflation slows more than expected in August as lower food and intermediate manufactured goods prices ease cost pressures on local producers

Mining

Metals output hit hard by strike in July

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8 day(s) ago

Seifsa economist says sector will ‘almost certainly contract’, writes Mark Allix

Economy

Inflation policy set to face questions

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8 day(s) ago

SA’s politically unpopular inflation targeting policy could come under threat now that Gill Marcus has resigned

Economy

Government ‘is failing the poor’

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9 day(s) ago

Thabo Mbeki adviser says economy being held hostage by ‘counterproductive’ agenda that disguises itself as progressive

Mining

Metals output hit hard by strike in July

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8 day(s) ago

Seifsa economist says sector will ‘almost certainly contract’, writes Mark Allix

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: SA a while away from 3% growth

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9 day(s) ago

Worst of economic challenges that are harmful to growth may be over for now but it will still be a while before SA can achieve economic growth rates of 3% and more

Opinion

Reserve Bank deputy might not become sheriff of monetary policy

Nothing in our law or culture of Reserve Bank dictates deputy governors must naturally ascend to governorship

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Do not delay with Marcus successor

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus briefs Parliament’s finance committee in Cape Town on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Presidency’s failure to make decisions timeously can be measured by the rand’s fall

Opinion

UNEMBARGOED: SA needs solution beyond policy tinkering

We simply cannot carry on being a society that bargains over every chess move and still hope to formulate a strong, national narrative

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