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Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Premier David Makhura appeals for business support to create jobs

Business has been invited by Gauteng premier David Makhura to back the provincial government’s township stock exchange plan to grow a more inclusive economy

Economy

Inflation outlook improves but no rate cuts just yet

Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

Reserve Bank signals an end to rate-hiking cycle and revises its growth forecast upwards, from zero to 0.4% for this year

Economy

De Beers CEO voices stability fears

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

South Africa is in deep danger of losing its investment-grade credit rating, warns De Beers Bruce Cleaver

Economy

Average inflation expectations for 2017 moderate, survey shows

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Average inflation expectations for 2017 declined to 6% in the third quarter of 2016 from 6.2% in the second quarter, a survey by the Bureau For Economic Research showed

Economy

Reserve Bank raises growth forecast as it keeps rates on hold

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Governor Lesetja Kganyago says inflation risks from the rand have eased, but food prices are still driving inflation, and the economic outlook remains constrained

Economy

Average inflation expectations for 2017 moderate, survey shows

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Average inflation expectations for 2017 declined to 6% in the third quarter of 2016 from 6.2% in the second quarter, a survey by the Bureau For Economic Research showed

Economy

Inflation falls within Bank’s target range in August

Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

But Stats SA’s figures show core inflation, which excludes food and fuel, remains high

Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

EDITORIAL: A slight easing of pressure

The Reserve Bank was at pains to damp rate cut hopes

Economy

Consumer inflation slows to just inside the Reserve Bank’s target band

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The headline rate was well within expectations, while food inflation remains high, at 11.3%, as the effects of a severe drought continue to be felt

Economy

Divisions in politics are SA’s major weakness, says Moody’s

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The government must deliver on some of the reforms it promised if it wants to avoid a downgrade, says Moody’s new lead analyst for SA

Economy

Reserve Bank’s leading indicator dips in July

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

The data suggest a tough growth outlook will remain, after the local economy rebounded more than expected in the second quarter

Opinion

No updated price in this CPI release

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

Changes in the cost of living of all segments of the population — rich and poor, rural and urban — are important to track

Economy

Manufacturers show more confidence in SA but remain apprehensive

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Producers expect the level of investment in the sector, which dropped by the most in six years during the first half of the year, to recover over the next 12 months

Economy

Moody’s is leaning towards not downgrading SA

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The rating agency says there is a less than 50% chance of a downgrade to junk status for SA

Industrials

UIF holds R1.2bn for training scheme

LABOUR:  The Scaw Metals plant in Germiston. The fund will spend R11.9m to train its workers. Picture: SOWETAN

The UIF training scheme has assisted 52 companies to retrain 10,631 workers since 2011, and the largest single beneficiary of the scheme has been Mercedes-Benz

Opinion

Minimum wage is an idea of megalomaniacal and uninformed politicians

Laws that raise the cost, risk and difficulty of employment cause unemployment and destitution

Economy

Economists think the economy is the Reserve Bank’s bigger fear right now

Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

In the run-up to the Bank’s MPC meeting, they expect paltry growth to outweigh high inflation as policy makers’ primary concern

Business

Big firms back fund for entrepreneurs

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The SA SME Fund is one of the projects the CEO Initiative has embarked on to help grow the economy

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

WATCH: What SA must do to avert ratings downgrade

Business Day’s Editing Allowed panel assesses SA’s actions and prospects of averting a downgrade in its sovereign-credit rating

Land & Agriculture

Review of system for import tariffs on key foods is nearing completion

TRANSIT POINT: Durban is one of several ports in SA that will be used for the import of grain including maize, this year. The country’s grain imports will be the biggest in seven years as domestic production, hit by the drought, has fallen short of national requirements.  Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

It is intended to complete the review of the system to set import tariffs for wheat, maize and sugar by year-end

Opinion & Analysis

Avoid economic policy that slows economic growth

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The state seems to be introducing many policies, e.g. the sugar tax, that will have the opposite effect of their well-meaning intentions, write Robert Jeffery

Economy

Reserve Bank could leave rates unchanged

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Economist says there is scope for the Reserve Bank to keep interest rates unchanged but the risk of further rate hikes this year remains

Opinion

Harnessing patronage to populism has become the easy way out

The writer says even if the Treasury’s independence and SA’s investment-grade credit status are maintained and economic growth improves, a major historic challenge appears to have been provoked. Picture: SUPPLIED

The major warning to heed is: whether SA flies or falls hinges on aspiring to collaborate and compete

Standard Bank

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