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Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Gill Marcus steps down, interest rate unchanged

11 hour(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%

Economy

Wide divergence of views on inflation, BER survey shows

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9 hour(s) ago

Analysts expect inflation to dip from 6.2% in 2014 to 5.4% in 2016, business people expect it to accelerate to 6.4% and trade union officials expect it to remain flat at 6.2%

Business

Guarantees to state enterprises reach limit

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21 hour(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

Economists expect rates to remain unchanged despite higher CPI

21 hour(s) ago

Inflation rises slightly more than expected in August, but analysts do not believe Reserve Bank will hike rates at monetary policy committee meeting

Opinion

Fall in UIF claims is good news for job losses

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While the number of claimants fell, the value of claims increased

Opinion

ON THE MONEY: Numbers in rescue of African Bank are the devil in the detail

There are major uncertainties around the Reserve Bank’s plan. What if it doesn’t work? Perhaps there is room to massage the solvency

The Big Picture

MUCH AT STAKE: Men walk past the official logo of the World Economic Forum inside the Congress Hall in the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos. Picture: REUTERS
The World Economic Forum’s competitiveness index focuses on productivity, which is crucial for SA’s ability to grow and prosper   Read More

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
1 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

Economy

Retail sales increase more than expected

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1 day(s) ago

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

Economy

South Africa’s worsening current account deficit ‘is credit negative’

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3 day(s) ago

Ratings agency says widening deficit reflects effect of strikes, sluggish global demand and declining commodity prices and increases downside risks to growth outlook

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Bank aims to get balance right on monetary policy

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3 day(s) ago

Disappointing mining and manufacturing data could see another downward revision of Reserve Bank’s growth forecast, writes Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

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Experts wary of new proposals to combat ‘tax erosion’

Developing countries are more vulnerable to depletion of their resources without adequate tax compensation

Trade & Industry

SA hopes to resume Iran oil imports in three months, says Mfeketo

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9 day(s) ago

South Africa halted crude purchases from Iran in June 2012 because of Western sanctions imposed against that country’s nuclear programme

Economy

Trade conditions deteriorated in August, Sacci index shows

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8 day(s) ago

Despite subdued trade conditions, 60% of respondents in the August survey remained positive about trade conditions for the next six months

Opinion & Analysis

SA-UK business linkages important for both

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10 day(s) ago

Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf feels strongly about engagement of expert British firms in the implementation of the SA government’s National Development Plan

Economy

SA’s foreign exchange, gold reserves decreased in August

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13 day(s) ago

Reserve Bank says decrease in reserves primarily due to appreciation of the US dollar against major currencies and decline in the market price of gold

Economy

‘Power needed’ to split up market abusers

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

Ebrahim Patel wants to ensure competition authorities have ability to break up large conglomerates that abuse dominance to detriment of consumers

Economy

Bottlenecks and gaps ‘are good for SA’

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13 day(s) ago

Economist Albert Hirschman stresses need for unbalanced growth, where gaps and bottlenecks are seen as ways to provoke people to overcome them, writes Amanda Visser

Economy

BrandSA sells SA investment despite ‘labour instability’

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13 day(s) ago

Recent upheaval in mining may have deterred some investors, but at least one Chinese company is on the hunt in SA

Business

Confidence levels in SA ‘take hit from strikes and crime’

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14 day(s) ago

Surveys caution that SA risks is missing out on the boom as five months of strikes, weak power supply and persistent crime paint many local companies into a corner

Economy

Would the black middle class please stand up?

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15 day(s) ago

Economists debate how to define ‘middle class’ and its size, writes Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

Economy

Manufacturing sector shrinks again, despite return of workers

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16 day(s) ago

Manufacturing is the economy’s second-biggest sector and its weak performance supports the view that economic growth will be well below 2%

Economy

Australia and SA ministers meet ahead of G-20 summit

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, left, greet British Prime Minister David Cameron at the start of the Nato summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near Newport, Wales, earlier this month.  Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Australian foreign affairs minister meets International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to discuss the summit due to be held in Brisbane in November

Mining

Mining output falls to 19-month low as platinum weighs

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7 day(s) ago

Mining output compounds doubt about whether Reserve Bank will hike interest rates as the economy suffers

Economy

Current account gap ‘points to rate rise’

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8 day(s) ago

Rand drops as deficit worsens — leaving greater chance that investors will withdraw from local assets

Economy

Trade conditions deteriorated in August, Sacci index shows

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8 day(s) ago

Despite subdued trade conditions, 60% of respondents in the August survey remained positive about trade conditions for the next six months

Economy

SA July manufacturing production falls more than expected

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7 day(s) ago

Manufacturing production falls much more than expected in July — mainly reflecting the damaging effect of a steel and engineering strike on output

Economy

Mechanisation ‘equals profit, thus jobs’

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9 day(s) ago

Productivity SA CEO Bongani Coka says SA should embrace technology and mechanisation instead of dreading it

Economy

VIDEO: Economy not out of the woods yet, says PwC’s global chairman

10 day(s) ago

Business Day's Evan Pickworth interviews PwC's global chairman Dennis Nally to find out what local companies can do to ensure they are not left behind

Opinion

Agriculture’s potential for growth, jobs ignored

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Recent data indicate parts of agricultural sector are in desperate decline, which needs urgent attention because it relates to variety of issues that permeate our economy, writes Xhanti Payi

Opinion

Agitators are on a precarious path to a better life

People are living new lives surrounded by things that were not around in their parents’ time

Opinion

Ghosts are feeding on SA’s living taxpayers …

It is widely believed that such malign spirits can be pacified only by means of a ritual feeding of government tenders

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