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Zuma appoints Reserve Bank deputy governor

President Jacob Zuma wishes Kuben Naidoo ‘all the best in execution of critical responsibility’ in socioeconomic dispensation of SA

Economy

Reserve Bank takes harder stance as it warns of rate hikes

Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Hawkish Reserve Bank cites concerns over electricity supply, inflationary risk of wage increases

Economy

Putting foreign direct investment to good use

A Deloitte survey found that SA is falling short in terms of access to advanced education — an issue local organisations and academics are constantly raising. File picture: DAILY DISPATCH

SA scores well in converting such funding into benefits for its population, writes Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

Economy

MPC leaves repo rate unchanged, but ‘tone notably hawkish’

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Reserve Bank leaves repo rate unchanged at 5.75%, as expected, but warns weak rand and uncertainty around oil prices remain threat to inflation outlook

Economy

Producer inflation slows sharply in February

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Producer inflation moderates in line with expectations to 2.6% in February compared with year ago as effects of lower fuel prices continue to be felt

Economy

Petrol price increase will guzzle up some gains of recent lows

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Despite the improvement in disposable salaries, the number of monthly electronic salary payments fall

Trade & Industry

SA sticks to its guns over Sacu revenue deal

Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene briefs the standing committee on finance, in Parliament, on Tuesday. Picture:TREVOR SAMSON

SA is the ‘the cash cow’ in the regional accord and encounters resistance when it raises issues, says Nhlanhla Nene

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Relief for retailers as consumer pressure lifts

Retail sales volumes recover during the first quarter of the year, notably in lower-middle income segment

Economy

Disposable salaries rise in February

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But BankservAfrica warns that portion of increase in take-home pay is ‘slightly artificial’ due to low base created by platinum strike in February last year

Economy

Junk status is not on Fitch’s SA radar

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Fitch reiterates government’s financial support to Eskom is ‘credit positive’ but suspensions do not bode well

Opinion

Policy contradictions at the root of economic stagnation

The Mare Caribicum lies at anchor off Port of Ngqura . Picture: THE HERALD

Legislation must balance the best social and economic outcomes for the many with the realities of global markets

Economy

Nene lays economic problems at SA’s door

Minister Nhlanhla  Nene flanked by SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane, Deputy Minister of Finance Mncebisi Jonas, and DG Lungile Fuzile as they arrive ahead of the 2015 Budget Speech. Picture: GCIS

Warning to ANC lekgotla of dire consequences of power shortages

Economy

No growth boost from retail sales

John Loos. Picture:  FINANCIAL MAIL

Latest data in line with expectations for economy to grow by about 2% this year

Economy

State honours promise to cut spending growth

Reserve Bank

Better economic prospects should also support business sentiment and fixed investment spending though ‘considerable downside risks’ remain

Economy

Gross domestic expenditure decelerates

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Quarter-on-quarter growth in household debt was slower than concurrent growth in disposable income, so ratio of debt to disposable income edged lower

Opinion

A five-point plan to prosperity

The normal suspects got the normal treatment. But we don’t need a business-as-usual budget. Okay isn’t enough

Opinion

Look to Davis for hints on where Nene is heading

A VAT hike of as much as 2% is on the cards, the political trade-off will be wealth taxes in some form

Economy

SA cannot afford ‘single day of a strike’

Khanyisile Kweyama. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Busa head joins the American Chamber of Commerce, International Monetary Fund and rating agencies in expressing concern over weak economy

Economy

Narrower current account deficit offers relief, but it may be temporary

The Reserve Bank in Pretoria. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Current account deficit decreases as export volumes ‘pick up notably’, while import volumes increase moderately amid weak growth in domestic demand

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Data-heavy week includes SA balance of payments

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Current account is expected to still show a deficit in the fourth quarter, but the deficit will have narrowed from the significant 6%, writes Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

Economy

S&P gives SA two years to fix its frailties

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Most economists expect Fitch, which alone has a negative outlook on SA, to downgrade the country this year

Economy

Jobs Fund success comes at at ‘too high a cost’

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MPs question fruitfulness of programme as costs hit R52,000 to create one job, excluding administration, and higher still in the agriculture sector

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Formal sector creates more jobs

Statistics SA figures show total formal nonagricultural employment increased by 42,000 jobs in fourth quarter of last year, but much of it was due to seasonality

Economy

Egypt top African steel producer after SA output falls

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SA steel production falls 11.8% in February, while Egypt grows output by 8.7% in first two months of 2015

Economy

SA not up for a downgrade in June, says Fitch

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SA’s sovereign credit rating will not be downgraded to speculative grade or junk status in June, Fitch Ratings says

Economy

Inflation slows to four-year low in February

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Lower petrol price, slower increases in food inflation main reasons behind deceleration, latest data support unchanged interest rates at meeting next week

Economy

Retail trade sales slow more sharply than expected

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Increase in petrol price — after months of declines — steep rise in electricity tariffs will put consumers under pressure in months ahead

Economy

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Economists expect no change to interest rate

Reserve Bank

Inflation is expected to edge higher in coming months but will remain within the 3%-6% target band for a while longer, writes Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

Industrials

Plastics sector under pressure as demand thwarted by more imports

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A surge in imports and difficulties in adjusting to changes in the market has contributed to the slide

Economy

Capital inflows into SA slow in fourth quarter

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Reserve Bank says sharp drop in international price of Brent crude oil, concomitant uncertainty in market affected capital flows to emerging markets

Opinion

SA policy should rather seek to focus on equality of opportunity

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Using the rich as scapegoats by focusing on income inequality shifts attention away from the real reason why millions are poor

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