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SA’s latest trade figures show billions leaving SA

SA’s latest trade figures show billions leaving SA

30/09/2016 - 14:30
Cape Town – South Africa recorded a trade deficit of R8.56bn in August, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) announced on Friday. read more
Raising profit margins in a stagnant economy

Raising profit margins in a stagnant economy

29/09/2016 - 15:32
Advice to SME owners read more
SA to export pigeon peas, pork, mango to India

SA to export pigeon peas, pork, mango to India

29/09/2016 - 11:57
As part of ongoing efforts by member states to improve intra-BRICS trade, South Africa has been granted an opportunity to export pigeon peas also known as Cajanus Cajan, pork, mango, and persimmons to India. India for its part has expressed an interest to import pickled sheep skins from South Africa. read more
SA earns R2.2trn from manufacturing

SA earns R2.2trn from manufacturing

26/09/2016 - 15:00
Cape Town - South Africa’s total income derived from the manufacturing industry increased by 9.4% from 2011 to 2014, which amounts to a total of R2.2trn, said Statistician General Pali Lehohla on Monday. read more
Why red meat prices will soar, even if the drought is broken

Why red meat prices will soar, even if the drought is broken

26/09/2016 - 13:58
RED meat prices are expected to rise, further straining food inflation, as farmers rebuild their herds following record slaughters to cope with the worst drought in a century, industry experts say. read more
 Sugar tax could cause over 70 000 job losses - report

Sugar tax could cause over 70 000 job losses - report

23/09/2016 - 09:30
Johannesburg – The proposed 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) could possibly generate only R4.4bn of the R7.5bn that was estimated, research by Oxford Economics revealed. read more
 Salt water levels in chicken exploits consumers - Amie

Salt water levels in chicken exploits consumers - Amie

22/09/2016 - 09:42
Cape Town - High brining levels as practised in South Africa are nothing more than commercial exploitation of consumers, according to the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of SA (Amie). read more
Consumer inflation slows to just inside the Reserve Bank’s target band

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

21/09/2016 - 10:46
CONSUMER inflation slowed to 5.9% year on year in August, from the 6% reported for July. read more
The biggest stumbling block for SA agriculture

The biggest stumbling block for SA agriculture

20/09/2016 - 11:35
Cape Town – Overall, policy uncertainty remains a key stumbling block for the South African agriculture sector and could potentially discourage investments over the foreseeable future, Agbiz said on Monday. read more
Petrol price likely to jump more than 50c/l in October

Petrol price likely to jump more than 50c/l in October

20/09/2016 - 09:07
The Automobile Association (AA) says SA’s recent period of fuel price reductions is set for a reversal due to a weakening rand and stronger international petroleum prices. read more
Red meat prices to rise as high as 15% - FNB

Red meat prices to rise as high as 15% - FNB

20/09/2016 - 08:54
Johannesburg – Red meat prices are expected to rise as high as 15% by December, according to projections by FNB. read more
US pork a potential threat to SA, warns producers

US pork a potential threat to SA, warns producers

19/09/2016 - 09:00
Cape Town - South Africa has already received 500 kilograms of shoulder pork cuts from the US, but the SA Pork Producers’ Organisation (Sappo) is taking legal action to prevent further consignments entering the country unless it complies with certain rules. read more
Slower retail sales growth in July may lead to Bank holding rates

Slower retail sales growth in July may lead to Bank holding rates

16/09/2016 - 14:26
RETAIL sales increased at their slowest pace in one-and-a-half years in July, with data showing that household furniture, appliances, and equipment retailers were taking the most strain. read more
Sugar tax is actually a stealth tax, claims IRR

Sugar tax is actually a stealth tax, claims IRR

16/09/2016 - 10:15
Johannesburg – There is no substantial evidence to indicate National Treasury’s proposed 20% tax on sugar- sweetened beverages (SSBs) may curb obesity, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR). read more
Corruption and economic stagnation are to be expected as SA ranking plummets to 105

Corruption and economic stagnation are to be expected as SA ranking plummets to 105

15/09/2016 - 12:08
The Economic Freedom of the World Index (EFW) is a positive indicator for desirable living conditions. For any country, the higher the EFW score, the more likely that country is to enjoy greater prosperity, a broader and friendlier civil society, and an intrinsic attractiveness to people from other lands. A country with greater economic freedom is better able to support a larger population on any given land area and physical resource base. The migration crisis of recent years is testimony to the government policy failures and resulting conflicts in those countries that tend to export their people rather than their products. It is also a rebuke to those refugee recipient countries that fail to exhibit consistently, or at least to recognise and articulate, the principles of good governance and freedom of exchange.  read more
Growth in wholesale trade sales slows

Growth in wholesale trade sales slows

15/09/2016 - 11:10
WHOLESALE trade sales rose 1.2% year on year in July, following a revised 1.7% increase in June, Statistics SA said on Thursday. read more
SA bulk exports fall 4.9% in August to 12.6-million tons

SA bulk exports fall 4.9% in August to 12.6-million tons

13/09/2016 - 09:11
SA’S BULK export volumes fell 4.9% year on year (y/y) in August to 12.6-million tons after dropping 15.4% in July to 11.6-million tons and rising 6.2% in April to the second-highest monthly total of 16.2-million tons, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority showed on Monday. read more
 Drought is a wake-up call on SA’s water needs

Drought is a wake-up call on SA’s water needs

12/09/2016 - 11:47
The drought that has nearly depleted several major dams and led to countrywide water restrictions is a much-needed wake-up call for South Africa, which faces increasing water scarcity in future. read more
Rand back under R14 to the dollar – for now

Rand back under R14 to the dollar – for now

07/09/2016 - 08:45
The rand has strengthened to under R14 to the dollar on the back of surprisingly positive GDP data for the second quarter – but economists warn that this isn’t necessarily a turning point in South Africa’s current decline to junk status. read more
SA container trade still in negative territory - report

SA container trade still in negative territory - report

07/09/2016 - 08:27
Cape Town - Although South African container trade remains in negative territory, the second quarter of 2016 proved to be more encouraging than the first, according to the second quarter Maersk Trade Report. read more
Consumers and businesses having a rough time

Consumers and businesses having a rough time

06/09/2016 - 16:47
BUSINESSES and consumers are battling to cope in the low-growth environment, while the spectre of an interest rate hike looms, threatening to curb constrained spending even further. read more
Pressure on consumers has intensified, index shows

Pressure on consumers has intensified, index shows

05/09/2016 - 14:48
CONSUMERS felt more financially vulnerable in the second quarter of 2016 than they did in the first as high debt levels, rising food prices, inflation, and higher interest rates took their toll, an index showed on Monday. read more
August grocery prices fall in record low

August grocery prices fall in record low

05/09/2016 - 10:43
A new report has revealed that the overall grocery prices dropped by two per cent in August, compared to the 1.6 per cent decline in July. read more
Rand up as politics take back seat

Rand up as politics take back seat

05/09/2016 - 09:55
Cape Town - The rand was trading on the front foot on Monday following news that the US have created fewer than expected jobs in August and as politics took a back seat while President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan attend the G-20 summit in China. read more
Growing exports help widen trade surplus to R17.4bn

Growing exports help widen trade surplus to R17.4bn

02/09/2016 - 14:35
EXPORTS grew faster than imports in the first seven months of 2016, driven largely by a weak rand, leading to a R17.4bn surplus compared with a R24.7bn deficit over the same period last year. read more
Tourism grows as Zim, China trade ties strengthen

Tourism grows as Zim, China trade ties strengthen

02/09/2016 - 10:19
Harare – Chinese travellers to Zimbabwe are on the rise as trade ties between the two countries strengthen after western investors severed ties with Harare because of alleged rights violations. read more
Untapped Intra-regional trade opportunities key to boosting African economies

Untapped Intra-regional trade opportunities key to boosting African economies

01/09/2016 - 10:39
September 1, 2016: Despite an average annual growth in exports of 8.5% since 2010, trade between African regions remains low when compared to other parts of the world, according to The Africa Economic Outlook Report 20161. Intra-regional trade accounted for 16% of Africa’s total trade in 2014 - mainly stimulated by manufactured goods, accounting for 60% of total regional trade2.  read more
Household credit cycle one of the weakest in history

Household credit cycle one of the weakest in history

01/09/2016 - 09:05
Johannesburg – Growth in household credit slowed down significantly, making it one of the weakest household credit cycles in history, according to a report released by Momentum Investments. read more
China deal to create over 2 000 jobs in SA

China deal to create over 2 000 jobs in SA

31/08/2016 - 08:31
Johannesburg - An auto plant by a Chinese state-owned car manufacturer will create more than 2 500 jobs in South Africa. read more
 Sugar tax: Treasury to release impact study

Sugar tax: Treasury to release impact study

29/08/2016 - 08:31
Cape Town - The National Treasury will publish a socio-economic impact study on its proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. read more
Basic grocery basket up R100 since Feb - Massmart

Basic grocery basket up R100 since Feb - Massmart

26/08/2016 - 14:29
Cape Town - The price of a basic basket of 23 grocery items has risen by 13% since February this year, Massmart Holdings said on Wednesday at the announcement of its first-half results to June 26 2016. read more
 Gordhangate: How business should react

Gordhangate: How business should react

26/08/2016 - 10:17
Cape Town – What should business do about the current events surrounding Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan? read more
Various practical realities may delay final implementation of sugar tax to 2018, says Deloitte

Various practical realities may delay final implementation of sugar tax to 2018, says Deloitte

25/08/2016 - 15:45
Johannesburg – 25 August 2016 – Adopting a sugar tax by April 2017 may be unattainable due to various practical realities, with a more realistic start date 2018, says Deloitte. read more
Higher wheat import duties mean bread will cost R1 more a loaf

Higher wheat import duties mean bread will cost R1 more a loaf

24/08/2016 - 14:58
A loaf of bread will cost South African consumers nearly R1 more to buy at the till following the approval of an increase in the import duty on wheat, according to the National Chamber of Milling. read more
Consumer inflation drops

Consumer inflation drops

24/08/2016 - 10:40
Cape Town - Statistics South Africa on Wednesday announced that the country's consumer price index (CPI) was 6.0% in July 2016, down from 6.30% in June. The index increased by 0.8% month-on-month (m/m) in July 2016.  read more
SA customers feel they are getting less value

SA customers feel they are getting less value

23/08/2016 - 15:16
Cape Town - Customers in South Africa claim they are getting less value, according to Prof. Adré Schreuder, CEO of Consulta and founder and chair of the SA Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi). read more
Is another rates hike on the cards?

Is another rates hike on the cards?

23/08/2016 - 09:50
THE Reserve Bank could raise interest rates one more time by 25 basis points before the end of 2016 should "a damaging reversal of capital flows especially in the context of Fed tightening" occur, says economic research company Capital Economics, which has a presence in several countries globally. read more
Emerging economies need to harness the power of Big Data

Emerging economies need to harness the power of Big Data

22/08/2016 - 09:52
MUCH has been written about the power and potential of Big Data and predictive analytics. According to the head of analytics for FNB Business, global challenges and developments are putting more pressure on key business sectors that are sensitive to economic cycles. As a result, the insights gathered from Big Data can help solve some of the biggest global business challenges. Many of these are also applicable to the sphere of government and policy-making. read more
Uganda expects surge in coffee export crop

Uganda expects surge in coffee export crop

19/08/2016 - 13:50
Kampala - Uganda expects its coffee exports in the 2016/2017 season to increase by 13.5% helped by favourable weather in a major growing area, an industry body official said on Friday. read more
“Lipstick Effect” becomes evident as consumers remain under pressure

“Lipstick Effect” becomes evident as consumers remain under pressure

18/08/2016 - 08:55
Growth in retail trade sales slowed during June as uncertainty still leaves consumers postponing the purchase of non-essential items.  read more
Retail sales come in much lower than expected

Retail sales come in much lower than expected

17/08/2016 - 16:58
RETAIL sales grew 1.7% in June from a year earlier, slowing much more than expected from growth of 4.5% in May. read more
 SA clamps down on non-compliant goods

SA clamps down on non-compliant goods

17/08/2016 - 09:59
Cape Town - In the 2014-15 financial year, more than R548m worth of poor quality, unsafe goods were removed from the South African market, said Asogan Moodley, CEO of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), on Tuesday.  read more
Sugar tax to cost SA 60 000 jobs, warns Coca-Cola

Sugar tax to cost SA 60 000 jobs, warns Coca-Cola

17/08/2016 - 09:56
Cape Town - The proposed sugar tax could result in South Africa losing 60 000 jobs in the beverage industry, said Coca-Cola Beverages Africa chairperson Phil Gutsche. read more
 Sanral appeals Winelands toll plan ruling

Sanral appeals Winelands toll plan ruling

17/08/2016 - 09:51
Cape Town - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways at the Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday. The judgment had been in favour of the City of Cape Town. read more
 What it means for SA to be Africa's largest economy

What it means for SA to be Africa's largest economy

15/08/2016 - 14:41
South Africa has toppled Nigeria and reclaimed its status as the largest economy in Africa. This comes two years after Nigeria rebased its gross domestic product (GDP) calculation and advanced to the top spot. South Africa was also temporarily relegated to the third position early this year after Egypt climbed to claim the second spot. The Conversation Africa’s business and economy editor Sibonelo Radebe asked the University of the Witwatersrand’s Prof. Jannie Rossouw to explain what it all means. read more
Reserve Bank cautiously optimistic over rand’s rally

Reserve Bank cautiously optimistic over rand’s rally

12/08/2016 - 09:43
THE Reserve Bank is "cautiously optimistic" about the recent rand rally, although the implications would be positive for the inflation outlook. read more
SA losing ground in global manufacturing stakes

SA losing ground in global manufacturing stakes

11/08/2016 - 10:39
Johannesburg - South Africa and most of its fellow Brics members - and the African continent as a whole - need to take a long, hard look at investing in cutting edge technology to catch up in the global manufacturing stakes, a new study shows. read more
Africa’s largest economy in dollar terms is SA, following the rand’s improvement

Africa’s largest economy in dollar terms is SA, following the rand’s improvement

11/08/2016 - 08:58
SA’S ECONOMY has regained the position of Africa’s largest in dollar terms, more than two years after losing it to Nigeria, as the value of the nations’ currencies moved in opposite directions. read more
Rampant rand hits 10-month high against the dollar

Rampant rand hits 10-month high against the dollar

10/08/2016 - 11:36
THE rand remained at its multi-month highs against the dollar on Wednesday morning after gaining a further 30c against the greenback in the past two days. read more
Government sticks to spending discipline, economic reforms

Government sticks to spending discipline, economic reforms

10/08/2016 - 11:08
Cape Town - National Treasury has moved to soothe concerns by ratings agencies about government spending and populist policies, following the local government elections. read more
ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Manufacturing data set to show recovery

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Manufacturing data set to show recovery

08/08/2016 - 09:15
MANUFACTURING production is expected to have continued to increase, but at a slower pace in June year-on-year compared to May. read more
S&P doubts poll will inspire reform

S&P doubts poll will inspire reform

08/08/2016 - 09:02
RATINGS agency S&P Global Ratings (S&P) has taken a more sober view of the ANC’s election drubbing than the markets, which have rallied strongly on the belief that the government will respond by instituting growth and investment-friendly reforms. read more
JSE likely to follow Wall Street up on Monday

JSE likely to follow Wall Street up on Monday

08/08/2016 - 08:56
STOCK exchanges trading ahead of the JSE on Monday took their cue from Wall Street where the S&P 500 gained 0.86% to a fresh record 2,183 points on Friday. read more
As SA counts votes, rand eyes gains from UK's Super Thursday

As SA counts votes, rand eyes gains from UK's Super Thursday

04/08/2016 - 11:05
Cape Town – While South Africa counts its local election votes on Thursday, the rand remained flat at R13.93/$, but it could get an unexpected boost from the Bank of England’s (BoE) Super Thursday. read more
Consumers are in serious trouble

Consumers are in serious trouble

02/08/2016 - 14:28
Nedbank is reporting that it has seen a 10% increase in the number of consumers who are defaulting on payments, as they struggle to cope with rising rates, higher prices, and a tough economy. read more
Government service costs crippling SA businesses

Government service costs crippling SA businesses

02/08/2016 - 14:18
Cape Town - More than half of South African businesses have been hampered by government service costs in the past six months.  read more
 Poor GDP growth impacts SA’s food security

Poor GDP growth impacts SA’s food security

01/08/2016 - 10:28
Johannesburg – South Africa’s low GDP growth is one of the limiting factors that impacts the country’s score in the Global Food Security Index (GFSI). read more
Petrol could fall by R1/litre - AA

Petrol could fall by R1/litre - AA

29/07/2016 - 13:51
Cape Town - Motorists could see a drop in the petrol price by up to R1 a litre in August as the rand continues its robust run against the dollar, according to the Automobile Association. read more
Huge loss of jobs sets off alarm bells

Huge loss of jobs sets off alarm bells

29/07/2016 - 09:14
SA has lost almost 500,000 jobs in the first six months of 2016, raising the alarm about the blood bath that could follow should the country slide into recession. read more
Food prices push up producer inflation

Food prices push up producer inflation

28/07/2016 - 14:31
PRODUCER inflation accelerated to 6.8% year on year in June, from 6.5% in May. read more
Tru-Cape's successful harvest tempered by currency volatility

Tru-Cape's successful harvest tempered by currency volatility

27/07/2016 - 16:36
Despite challenges in terms of fruit size and quality, Tru-Cape says with all apple and pear trees picked, it has been a busy and successful harvest. read more
Business urged to invest in economy

Business urged to invest in economy

27/07/2016 - 16:10
According to SAnews.gov.za Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has encouraged business leaders to invest in South Africa’s economy read more
 Why national minimum wage is good for SA economy

Why national minimum wage is good for SA economy

27/07/2016 - 14:24
Johannesburg – Establishing a national minimum wage in South Africa, set at an appropriate level, can be instrumental in reducing the inequality gap and poverty, and can support economic growth. read more
Why the SA economy needs to grow by at least 5%

Why the SA economy needs to grow by at least 5%

26/07/2016 - 12:02
Johannesburg - South Africa’s economy needs to start expanding, and by a much higher rate, if it hopes to make any dent in poverty, says local economist Dawie Roodt. read more
SA economy: It's not all doom and gloom

SA economy: It's not all doom and gloom

21/07/2016 - 12:30
While 2016 might turn out to be the most difficult year for South African consumers in two decades, next year may bring “moderate improvement” to the economy – although nowhere near the elusive 6% growth target. read more
Mixed views on effect of import duty on bread prices

Mixed views on effect of import duty on bread prices

21/07/2016 - 09:32
Johannesburg - There has been speculation that the price of bread is expected to rise following the imposition of a higher duty on the imported price of wheat. read more
 Bridging South Africa’s economic divide

Bridging South Africa’s economic divide

20/07/2016 - 16:39
Speech by David Lipton, first deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg on Tuesday: read more
Tiger sees SA consumers under pressure as costs rise

Tiger sees SA consumers under pressure as costs rise

19/07/2016 - 12:42
Johannesburg - Tiger Brands said the risk of higher inflation will place pressure on South African consumers as the nation’s biggest food producer is raising prices to try to offset cost pressures following record maize prices. read more
Rand at strongest level against pound in over a year

Rand at strongest level against pound in over a year

19/07/2016 - 09:07
Cape Town – The rand was trading at its highest level in over a year against the pound on Tuesday, as Turkey’s failed coup saw global markets bounce back from their risk-induced levels. read more
SA industries taking strain in low growth environment

SA industries taking strain in low growth environment

18/07/2016 - 15:31
Cape Town - With economic growth predicted at its lowest levels since 2009, the various industries in South Africa are also feeling the pinch, with turnover declining by 5.1% in the first quarter of 2016. read more
 SA trade in holding position - index

SA trade in holding position - index

15/07/2016 - 16:40
Cape Town - A lack of government support, political posturing for local government elections, service protests, seasonal factors and the slow pace of orders are restraining trade in South Africa at the moment. read more
SA retail stocks volumes surge

SA retail stocks volumes surge

15/07/2016 - 10:52
Johannesburg - Trading volumes in South African retail stocks including Truworths and Woolworths jumped following indications that consumer spending is starting to recover. read more
Rand rallies as England keeps rates on hold

Rand rallies as England keeps rates on hold

14/07/2016 - 16:23
Cape Town - The rand reacted positively to the news that the Bank of England kept interest rates unchanged, much against market expectation. read more
Multiple investment management strategies – what is best?

Multiple investment management strategies – what is best?

14/07/2016 - 12:07
14 July 2016: The outlook for local and global investment markets are uncertain and unstable, with aspects such as lowered GDP predications, unpredictable currency fluctuations and international developments such as Brexit, causing increased volatility, and ultimately continuing to shape the investment landscape.  read more
Retail, factory rebound show SA economy may be past worst

Retail, factory rebound show SA economy may be past worst

14/07/2016 - 09:01
Johannesburg - The South African economy’s contraction in the first quarter may have been the low point for the year, with consumer spending and factory production among indicators that have recovered in recent months. read more
 Direct sellers rake in over R10bn for SA economy

Direct sellers rake in over R10bn for SA economy

13/07/2016 - 12:32
Johannesburg – Direct sellers have managed to increase sales by 13.1%, to R10.93bn for the 2015 financial year, despite a tough economic environment. read more
 Why agriculture is vital for SA's economic future

Why agriculture is vital for SA's economic future

12/07/2016 - 14:37
Pretoria- Countries that tax agricultural sectors are normally poor. Countries which subsidise the agricultural sector are normally rich.  read more
Red flags and flagging economies mean time to spread investment risks

Red flags and flagging economies mean time to spread investment risks

12/07/2016 - 08:25
The winds of change - from the growth in anti-establishment movements to ageing populations - are causing red flags to flutter and require investors to diversify their approach, according to former head of the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund and renowned scenario planner Clem Sunter.  read more
SA workers keen to switch jobs for better pay - survey

SA workers keen to switch jobs for better pay - survey

11/07/2016 - 15:41
Cape Town - The urge to move to greener pastures in search of a higher salary and more promising career prospects is rife among South Africa's increasingly restless workforce, a survey has shown.  read more
Tax is sweet news for boosting revenue

Tax is sweet news for boosting revenue

11/07/2016 - 12:54
SA’s new sugar tax could add 20% to the price of a Coca-Cola, but would exempt Liquifruit and other 100% fruit juices, along with unsweetened milk and bottled water. read more
 Zuma populism to send rand to R17 per dollar - top forecaster

Zuma populism to send rand to R17 per dollar - top forecaster

11/07/2016 - 09:07
Johannesburg – The rand is overvalued and has little chance of strengthening in the next year due to the policies of President Jacob Zuma’s “populist” government, according to the currency’s best forecaster for the past four quarters. Instead it may weaken to R17 per dollar. read more
Rand recovers in cautious trade

Rand recovers in cautious trade

08/07/2016 - 09:56
Johannesburg - South Africa’s rand traded firmer on Friday, taking advantage of a slip by the dollar ahead of a jobs report in the United States that could confirm bets of delayed rate hikes by its central bank. read more
 Nenegate shook SA investor confidence - IMF

Nenegate shook SA investor confidence - IMF

08/07/2016 - 09:12
Cape Town – Higher political uncertainty in South Africa affects investor confidence and trade exports, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). read more
NEWS ANALYSIS: Why the SABMiller megadeal is a headache for the Reserve Bank

NEWS ANALYSIS: Why the SABMiller megadeal is a headache for the Reserve Bank

08/07/2016 - 09:02
FROM the rand’s perspective, now would be a good time for the government to announce whatever bad news or bizarre Cabinet appointments it might have up its sleeve. Of course, even at the best of times, given the nature of foreign exchange markets, it is tempting fate to suggest the rand’s short-term outlook is reasonably firm. These are certainly not the best of times; we are just weeks away from critical local elections, and there’s no sign of the economy doing anything more than skirting recession for the next year or so. And let’s not forget the possible ratings downgrade we have sidestepped so far. read more
Giving Africa Power

Giving Africa Power

07/07/2016 - 15:57
The digital revolution is upon us globally and this can either empower or disempower Africa, depending on access. There is certainly a great need and desire to bring technological advancement to Africa, but does the infrastructure exist to support this?  read more
World stocks rebound, but traders cautious

World stocks rebound, but traders cautious

07/07/2016 - 13:19
London - Signals from the Federal Reserve that US rates will stay on hold boosted stocks and offered the British pound some much-needed respite Thursday following several days of Brexit-related losses.  read more
Consumers are curbing spending and credit exposure

Consumers are curbing spending and credit exposure

06/07/2016 - 13:48
Johannesburg - As consumer confidence takes a dip, consumers curb their spending on discretionary goods and credit exposure. read more
Three business turn-around tips before throwing in the towel

Three business turn-around tips before throwing in the towel

06/07/2016 - 13:18
06 July 2016: Although the number of liquidations recorded in South Africa has been steadily decreasing over the past six years, there were still close to 2 000 businesses that were liquidated in 2015, leaving ample room for further improvement.  read more
Christo Wiese declares himself an Africa optimist

Christo Wiese declares himself an Africa optimist

06/07/2016 - 10:37
CHRISTO Wiese, SA’s richest man and the chairman of the nation’s biggest retailer Shoprite, has some advice for companies looking to tap the spending power of Africa’s 1.2-billion consumers: stick around and have deep pockets.  read more
Private sector contracts, consumer confidence dips

Private sector contracts, consumer confidence dips

05/07/2016 - 13:13
Johannesburg - South Africa's private sector slipped back into contraction in June after expanding for the first time in a year in May, as output fell and companies cut jobs, a survey showed on Tuesday. read more
 Looking beyond Agoa for African textiles and clothing

Looking beyond Agoa for African textiles and clothing

05/07/2016 - 09:13
Cape Town - Source Africa, now running for its fourth consecutive year, kicked off on Wednesday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. read more
 In the markets: What to watch this week

In the markets: What to watch this week

04/07/2016 - 09:34
Brexit remains a topical discussion. This should come as no surprise as the ramifications of such an event have an effect on so many people in many different ways. read more
You are now paying a lot more for food in South Africa

You are now paying a lot more for food in South Africa

04/07/2016 - 08:39
A report in the Sunday Times reveals how much more South Africans are now paying for food from leading retailers. read more
Living in South Africa just got more expensive

Living in South Africa just got more expensive

01/07/2016 - 16:14
Winter is about to feel that little bit colder as households across the country will have to pay more for rates and services from Friday, 1 July, 2016. read more
Visa rules could cost SA R7.5bn a year

Visa rules could cost SA R7.5bn a year

01/07/2016 - 09:33
Johannesburg - South Africa’s new visa requirements could cost the economy about R7.5bn a year in lost tourism revenue and should be revoked immediately by the government, industry representatives said. read more
Evidence for a recession in SA is overwhelming

Evidence for a recession in SA is overwhelming

30/06/2016 - 16:39
SA’s first-quarter GDP release — a 1.2% contraction — was a shocker. read more
 City of Cape Town unveils plans for unfinished highways

City of Cape Town unveils plans for unfinished highways

30/06/2016 - 16:13
Cape Town - Prospective developers who want to bid for the City of Cape Town’s Foreshore Freeway Precinct, which includes a solution for the unfinished highways, will have to be self-funding so as to not burden taxpayers with additional rates, said Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport for Cape Town.  read more
How New Circular Economy Legislation Can Help Transform the Way We Do Business

How New Circular Economy Legislation Can Help Transform the Way We Do Business

29/06/2016 - 12:22
One of the biggest challenges facing companies today is how to make their business models sustainable while promoting growth and profitability. In this age of globalisation, with huge demands on land, water, food, raw materials and energy, we cannot continue with a linear economy that in essence creates, uses and disposes, assuming resources are unlimited. A different approach is needed. read more
Stronger rand signals ends to Brexit panic?

Stronger rand signals ends to Brexit panic?

28/06/2016 - 08:37
THE rand strengthening overnight from nearly R15.50 to about R15.29 to the dollar hopefully means Brexit panic is abating. read more
 SA's banking and financial institutions can withstand Brexit - Gordhan

SA's banking and financial institutions can withstand Brexit - Gordhan

27/06/2016 - 08:29
Johannesburg - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has reassured South Africans that the country's banking and financial institutions can withstand the financial shockwaves caused by the result of the Brexit referendum, in which 52% of Britons voted to leave the European Union. read more