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Rise in liquidations shows businesses struggling to repay debt

1 day(s) ago

Statistics SA data show number of liquidations rose by 3.1% to 199 in June 2014 compared with same period in 2013

African Business

African bond rush ‘to continue’ before US rates increase

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1 day(s) ago

For now, yields on dollar debt in Africa remain low by historical standards and the ‘African bond rush’ appears set to continue

Economy

Joblessness will remain intractable — Marcus

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
1 day(s) ago

Reserve Bank governor says jobs will not be created as quickly as desired because of the country’s below-potential economic growth

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Employment targets must be taken seriously, given a stuttering economy

1 day(s) ago

Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey is likely to show that unemployment has remained at around 25% in the second quarter after reaching 25.2% in the first

Economy

Marcus warns of more rate hikes if inflation increases more than expected

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus announces the monetary policy committee's decision on interest rates in Pretoria on Thursday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
4 day(s) ago

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus says monetary policy committee will continue to focus on price stability, also be mindful of effect its actions have on growth

Economy

IMF cuts SA’s 2014 economic growth outlook to 1.7%

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4 day(s) ago

Growth in SA is expected to stay sluggish as a result of electricity constraints and labour conflicts, the IMF says in its latest World Economic Outlook update

Opinion

Economy would reel from a domestic workers strike

The debate on pay should be extended to everyone who has an employee, both in informal and formal employment

Opinion

STRAIGHT TALK: Let’s co-operate to make the best of our resources

The value of water is defined by its absence. Water isn’t just something that we need to drink. Water is at the economic centre of power

ASSET: A clump of iron ore from a mine. Picture: REUTERS

Beneficiation often not beneficent

A focus on raw materials can be restricting and if poor countries want to get rich they should stop exporting resources in raw form and focus on adding value to them, writes Ricardo Hausmann

Economy

Johannesburg needs to diversify its economy — 2013 economic report

FALLING BEHIND: Cars move over a highway with Johannesburg’s skyline in the background.  Picture: BLOOMBERG
5 day(s) ago

The city’s main economic driver is its finance sector which has, however, been offset by the steady decline of its manufacturing sector

Economy

Inflation respite raises hope of steady rates

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5 day(s) ago

Inflation slightly better than expected last month, with some economists saying this could contribute to interest rates being kept steady

Economy

Government needs to be creative to pull off infrastructure plan, says Patel

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
6 day(s) ago

Rating downgrades have increased South Africa’s cost of borrowing and economy remains weak

Economy

Little light for SA’s economy in next few months

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
6 day(s) ago

The Reserve Bank’s leading indicator shows the economy is unlikely to turn the corner during the next few months despite the recent platinum wage settlement

Economy

Engineers cast doubt on infrastructure spend plan

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7 day(s) ago

Survey finds only 58% believe that recent graduates are sufficiently trained, writes Mark Allix

Economy

No plans to limit government expenditure, says Nene

Nhlanhla Nene.  Picture: SOWETAN
7 day(s) ago

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says sufficient measures to contain spending are already in place, additional measures will be considered if these prove inadequate

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Ethiopian experience can help SA’s Nene draft reforms

Understanding and respecting what exists should be the first order of business of a reform, yet is often ignored, writes Stephen Peterson

Business Times

Strikes are not the only disincentive

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9 day(s) ago

Not every car manufacturer will pull its operation out of the country every time Numsa goes on strike

Business Times

Brics nations form their own mini IMF

President Jacob Zuma, left, and his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff during a Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Brazil on Tuesday.  Picture: GCIS
9 day(s) ago

Formation of the New Development Bank by Brics countries will help these nations pursue their ambitions

Labour

Long strikes could be held in check with plan for interest arbitration

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SOWETAN
8 day(s) ago

Department looking into a binding ruling on parties if the settlement of the strike is in the broader public interest

Trade & Industry

Sacci June trade activity index increases

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14 day(s) ago

Sentiment among businesses regarding current trading conditions improves slightly as sales volumes, new orders hold up despite weak economic growth environment

Economy

Crime stymies investment in SA, says Chinese group

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14 day(s) ago

Multinational telecommunications group ZTE Corporation says crime levels are horrific and projects take longer to complete because of political protocols

Trade & Industry

SA among Sadc nations to initial EU trade pact

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11 day(s) ago

After 10 years of negotiations, a Sadc group, of which South Africa is a part, has ’initialled’ an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU

Trade & Industry

Wholesale trade sales decrease 0.9% year on year in May

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12 day(s) ago

Wholesale trade sales decrease 0.9% year on year in May compared with 0.7% drop year on year in April, Statistics SA data show

Opinion & Analysis

Brics bank can put ‘Argentinian floor’ on currency crises

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15 day(s) ago

Criticism of the IMF and other western-dominated global organisations is a clear unifying thread among the five countries, writes Christopher Wood

Economy

Co-operation will be difficult despite Brics bank, says Teneo

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12 day(s) ago

Asymmetry of contributions to Brics development bank will probably lead to the dominance of China in future decisions involving the pooled funds

Energy

Need for ‘separate oil and gas law’

Ngoako Ramatlhodi.  Picture: SUNDAY WORLD
13 day(s) ago

The separation of the oil and gas sector into a different piece of legislation could be part of the changes to the draft law that will govern the country’s mining sector

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Time to tighten by 25 basis points

Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus and deputy governor Daniel Mminele. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS
14 day(s) ago

There is a strong case to be made for 25 basis points this time around, however timid this might seem

Economy

Rising food prices ‘could cause more wage strikes’

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7 day(s) ago

Agency warns rising inflation and interest rates are eroding the buying power of consumers

Economy

Nene stands by medium-term spending limits

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
7 day(s) ago

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the global economic climate of rising interest rates, declining commodity prices and a depreciating currency has shrunk the government’s fiscal space

Economy

Finance minister warns of tough times ahead

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
8 day(s) ago

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene tells Parliament rising interest rates, declining commodity prices, depreciating currency has shrunk the fiscal space of government

Economy

Interest rates ‘a blunt instrument’ in current climate

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8 day(s) ago

Research by Nedbank Private Wealth pours cold water on fears that inflation may be escaping its 3%-6% anchor

Economy

CPI increases slightly less than expected in June

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6 day(s) ago

Consumer price index increases by 6.6% — same rate by which it increased year on year in May, but inflation remains well outside target band

Opinion

Country’s shareholders need greater say on executive pay

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The exact nature of any ‘say on pay’ regulation should be coupled with an equally vigorous debate on regulation and policy related to job creation

Opinion

ON THE MONEY: Instead of building new Brics bank, revamp what SA already has

Why is SA is contributing $10bn to the $50bn balance sheet of a proposed new Brics development bank?

Opinion

New bourgeoisie must set course for greater equality

The new bourgeoisie must demonstrate that it is in the business not only of enriching a few, but of transforming the deeply entrenched socioeconomic imbalances

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