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President Jacob Zuma, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr Zuma was visiting Russia on Thursday to deepen bilateral ties between the Brics peers. Picture: GCIS

SA delegation in Russia for Brics summit

President Jacob Zuma arrives in Ufa‚ Russia, where he is leading South African delegation to seventh Brics summit‚ hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin

Trade & Industry

Reserve Bank, People’s Bank of China sign renminbi agreement

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Memorandum of understanding for clearing and settlement of renminbi in SA could make it easier, cheaper for countries to trade

Economy

Business confidence falls to 16-year low

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South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry says local economy is finding it difficult to raise its performance to prevent imbalances from escalating

Economy

Reserve Bank’s gross reserves rise by $383m in June

Reserve Bank

Rise in reserves is mainly due to depreciation of US dollar against major currencies and maturing foreign-exchange swaps conducted for liquidity management purposes

Economy

Slow and pricey ports harm business

A container ship pulls into Durban Port.  Picture: THE TIMES

Poor growth threatens plans by Transnet to spend R312bn, writes Nicky Smith

Retail & Consumer

SA’s consumer outlook faltering badly‚ says Barclays

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Weak consumer confidence comes as no surprise against challenging backdrop of rising fuel prices‚ electricity shortages and slide in rand, says bank

Economy

Manufacturing data for May expected to show modest rise in output

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Subdued demand and structural limitations could have had an effect on May manufacturing production, says economist

Economy

Government switches bonds to relieve pressure

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says intention of bond-switch programme is to ease pressure on targeted areas of bond redemption profile

Economy

Consumer confidence index dips to 14-year low

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Confidence plummets in second quarter as frequent power outages, higher fuel and maize prices, tax hikes, slowdown in government spending weigh on sentiment

The sixth Brics summit, was held in Brasilia, Brazil, last year. Russia, which hosts the bloc’s seventh summit in Ufa this week, will be looking to use it to project itself as a major power. Picture: REUTERS/UESLEI MARCELINO

SA needs a concrete Brics strategy

Brics summit this week has ambitious agenda, write Peter Draper and Mzukisi Qobo

Economy

Smaller homes sought-after as sellers feel pinch

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A big percentage of sellers are down-scaling due to financial pressure, says Johan Loos, an FNB property strategist

Economy

New car sales dive as economy falters

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Outlook for domestic car sales this year remains unfavourable, say analysts at Nedbank

Economy

Strong vehicle exports boost trade balance

READY TO GO: Mercedes-Benz vehicles at East London Harbour awaiting export. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Surprise surplus of R5bn — after a revised shortfall of R1.4bn in April — helps strengthen rand

Economy

Red tape choking SA’s economy, manufacturing indaba told

Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and Mpact CEO Bruce Strong attend the annual Manufacturing Indaba in Boksburg on Monday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Sector needs fewer regulations, quick and agile businesses and stronger ties to universities to advance industrial innovation

Opinion

ON THE MONEY: Greece, a mirror we don’t want to look into

The tragedy will be watched closely by regulators, including our own

Opinion

Crisis demands we ditch our aversion to lowly paid jobs

A group of men sit along a road looking for work. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

It is time to stop the wishful thinking and grand but empty promises. SA needs to make some bold new choices and change course

Economy

Trade balance records unexpected surplus

Picture: THINKSTOCK

South African Revenue Service customs and excise data show country recorded surplus of R4.987bn in May as exports increased while imports fell

Economy

Slowing growth hits local industries

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Statistics SA data show that slowdown in economic growth in first quarter has taken toll on industries, with total turnover generated falling over the period

National

SARS expects decrease in number of tax returns received

Rows of taxpayers  wait to be assisted with their income tax returns at the SARS office in Port Elizabeth. Tax season opened on Tuesday. Picture:  THE HERALD/FREDLIN ADRIAAN

South African Revenue Service says increase in submission threshold announced in February budget will affect number of returns

Economy

Activity in manufacturing sector improves slightly

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Bureau for Economic Research purchasing managers index rises in June, but economist says sector ‘remains under pressure’

Labour

SA lost 44,000 jobs in first quarter

A group of men sit along a road looking for work. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Statistics SA quarterly employment statistics show loss of jobs is consistent with slowdown in economic activity during first three months of this year

Trade & Industry

Manufacturers to address challenges at indaba

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Second Manufacturing Indaba commences at Emperors Palace where key topics on the agenda will include load shedding, declining exports and rising input costs

Opinion

Black social capital should not be wasted

Black professionals should maximise use of their political networks, insight into the lives of the majority, and affirmative action and black economic empowerment

Economy

Gloomy inflation outlook sets scene for imminent rate hike

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Dip in inflation expectations comes at a time when higher electricity tariffs already expected to push up price levels

Economy

Inflation expectations for 2015 rise to 5.6%, BER survey shows

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Inflation expectations increase in second quarter, which Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee is likely to be concerned about

Discouraged young work seekers at 1.5-million

Unemployment rate among young people remains stubbornly high as discouraged young work seekers grew from 809,000 in 2008 to 1.5-million this year

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Another leap in mining output expected

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Brics summit also worth watching as more details on the New Development Bank will be revealed, writes Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

Economy

Consumers owe R1.6-trillion

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Consumer debt rises while decline in unsecured lending will be welcome news after warnings of a credit bubble

Economy

Downgrade threat from SA’s own goals

First National Bank CEO Jacques Celliers. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

FNB head Jacques Celliers says South African banks face increased bad-debt levels and costs because of the country’s ‘own goals’

Economy

SA’s businesses invest more offshore

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SA companies increase investments abroad, which suggests they found better returns and more stable policy environments elsewhere

Economy

Current account cheer fails to lift rand

Reserve Bank

Bulletin also shows SA continues to attract foreign investors despite load shedding and Eskom’s bonds downgrade

Economy

SA needs higher electricity tariffs, IMF says

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International Monetary Fund says higher tariffs, envisaged government support are necessary to make Eskom financially sustainable

Opinion

Disarray at Eskom is a shocker

Result of chaos at Eskom is that no one knows for sure where the money is going and where it can be saved

Standard Bank

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