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IMF says government must be careful as some policies may hamper growth

Lender says policies to maintain debt sustainability are essential to preserve investor confidence, but need to be carefully calibrated to avoid pressuring economy

Economy

BCI improves for fourth consecutive month

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However, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry is concerned that subdued global and local growth is weighing heavily on business confidence

Economy

Davies urges car makers to bring in black suppliers

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The search for black automotive suppliers is part of a broader government initiative to develop black industrialists, says trade minister

Economy

Business conditions improve slightly but not enough

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Falling new business, tepid demand and rising input prices put companies under pressure, forcing job cuts

Economy

Junk status appears to be just a matter of time

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Survey of economists and analysts finds that S&P Global Ratings will lower SA’s rating to noninvestment grade by the end of this year

Economy

Manufacturers’ production increase suggests better output

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The production increase was attributed to improved attendance, a rise in demand, and less maintenance downtime

Economy

April Standard Bank SA PMI up but remains below 50

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Output has been in contraction for 12 consecutive months and companies’ intentions to downscale are evident, a Standard Bank economist says

Business

Gordhan flays Denel, SAA placed on notice

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan lashesout at state-owned Denel’s ‘arrogance and belligerence’

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Junk status appears to be just a matter of time

Survey of economists and analysts finds that S&P Global Ratings will lower SA’s rating to noninvestment grade by the end of this year

SAICA

How best to move the South African economy forward?

Terence Nombembe, the auditor-general. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Leaders must talk about solutions to economic and political problems to equip them to build more sustainable businesses and a thriving economy

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Business

Gordhan criticises ‘arrogance’ of some state owned companies’ boards

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They showed a tendency to display arrogance and belligerence not befitting corporate governance when doing things they were not supposed to do

Economy

Exports spike offsets slow vehicle sales

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While weakening domestic sales fall 9.2% from a year earlier, exports bounce 39%

Economy

Gordhan confident of meeting budget’s fiscal targets

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says 2016-17 targets will be met despite global economic headwinds — but SA must remove structural impediments to growth

Opinion

Glaring omission in Rhodes Must Fall mission

Rhodes, as a homosexual, saw himself a victim of society’s then structural conditions and expectations

Economy

Banks in rude health despite increased risks

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Credit to corporates is slightly above its long-term trend and is driving growth in domestic credit extension

Economy

Index shows more factory activity and greater confidence

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The weaker rand continues to make imports expensive, spurring consumers to buy more domestically produced goods

Economy

Yearly new vehicle sales in April fall almost 10%

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Exports, however, noted a big recovery in April as Toyota shipments bounced back to near-normal level after dipping for several months during a model changeover

Economy

Extension of Fuzile’s Treasury post hailed, as IMF arrives to assess SA

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Business pleased well-regarded director-general Lungisa Fuzile will remain in his post for two more years, bolstering fiscal consolidation and providing continuity

National

Inflationary increase for Gauteng premier’s office budget

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Premier’s office intends reducing accommodation, telecommunications‚ travel‚ stationery‚ venue hire and catering costs

Economy

Reserve Bank warns of more capital outflows if SA ratings are downgraded

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High unemployment levels ‘could hamper the stability of the domestic financial system’

African Business

IMF sees sub-Saharan Africa growth near two-decade low in 2016

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IMF says growth was hurt by a slump in commodity prices, the Ebola virus and drought, and it remains optimistic about the region’s longer term prospects

Economy

Slightly lower input costs a factor in better PMI figures

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The sustained improvement and the broad-based nature of the uptick are good signs the sector may continue to trend upwards in coming months, Barclays says

Opinion

Our short attention span does not help

If public attention is focused on a given issue for long enough it forces politicians to take a stance on the issue

Opinion

Why Brexit if it ain’t broke, SA may ask from the wings

Economists are already watching Brexit as one possible risk to global growth, while the spillover effects are bound for South Africa

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Policy on farming in Africa ignores research

Agriculture remains a key sector for achieving economic growth and transformation in sub-Saharan Africa, writes Wandile Sihlobo

Property

House price increases stay roughly in step with inflation

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FNB property strategist John Loos says this shows a market in balance, and given that real price levels remain high, housing inflation is not expected to accelerate

Business

Tax practitioners favour move to simplify VAT rules for foreign e-commerce

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Draft ruling addresses red-tape concerns arising from the requirement for foreign entities to register and account for VAT in SA when their services exceed R50,000

Economy

Export growth outpaces imports to leave a March trade surplus

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Figures suggest a pick-up in a demand in SA’s partner countries, but more expensive imports because of a weaker rand

Economy

Growth in domestic private sector credit extension slows

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Private sector credit extension has lacked a clear trend, and total credit extension growth has also slowed year on year

Economy

Lungisa Fuzile to stay in Treasury post

Treasury director-general Lungisa Fuzile. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Cabinet confirm’s the director-general’s contract has been extended, allaying concern that he would be replaced by a Zuma ally

Economy

Prices rise amid food inflation warnings

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Economists expect unprocessed food prices to continue to rise as the effects of the severe drought feed through

Opinion

Keep powder dry for life after any downgrades

The debate must change from a downgrade to junk as the end of civilisation to one of greater perspective

Opinion

Government and business must work on relationship

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Social partners need to respect, treasure and nurture their interaction for the good of the country

Standard Bank

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