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Inflation eases even more than expected

Inflation eases even more than expected

21/08/2019 - 10:36
Inflation eased more than expected to 4% in July. read more
Wool sector on edge over Chinese ban due to foot-and-mouth

Wool sector on edge over Chinese ban due to foot-and-mouth

21/08/2019 - 08:57
SA’s wool industry is on tenterhooks as exporters seek clarity on a Chinese ban on imports of the fibre following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease earlier this year in the world’s second-biggest producer. read more
Consumers racking up debt to make ends meet

Consumers racking up debt to make ends meet

20/08/2019 - 08:50
Consumer credit has continued to rise over the past two quarters of this year, which means that consumers are relying more on credit cards and personal loans to get by. read more
Falling sugar price triggers rise in import duty

Falling sugar price triggers rise in import duty

20/08/2019 - 08:40
Sugar import duty increases were triggered again last week after a falling London sugar price increased the protection for local sugar producers by 18 percent.  read more
Crackdown on informal traders will hurt economy, says refugee forum

Crackdown on informal traders will hurt economy, says refugee forum

13/08/2019 - 09:40
SA’s embattled economy could be strained further if the crackdown on informal traders continues unabated, the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) warns.  read more
Retail boost could steer SA away from a recession

Retail boost could steer SA away from a recession

12/08/2019 - 12:37
A rebound in economic growth in the second quarter of the year will likely see SA avert its second recession in two years. read more
Boost for SA's economy as China lifts its beef ban

Boost for SA's economy as China lifts its beef ban

07/08/2019 - 09:10
Within one month of the meeting between President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Xi Jinping at the G20, China has announced that it is lifting the ban on South African beef exports to China. This will be a major boost to South Africa’s economy given that China is the largest consuming market for South African beef and related products. read more
SA's economic growth prospects keep diving

SA's economic growth prospects keep diving

07/08/2019 - 08:39
SA’s economic growth prospects keep going from bad to worse. read more
South Africa’s economy ‘doesn’t have a long time’

South Africa’s economy ‘doesn’t have a long time’

02/08/2019 - 12:57
South Africa’s outlook has been dealt several heavy blows following Eskom’s financial results, and the latest unemployment data, which has raised the question: where to from here? read more
Eastern Cape aims to create thriving economy through Cannabis

Eastern Cape aims to create thriving economy through Cannabis

02/08/2019 - 10:05
If the Eastern Cape plays its cards right to formalise its cannabis industry, the province could have a thriving economy, provincial premier Oscar Mabuyane said. read more
Sugar tax leaves sour taste

Sugar tax leaves sour taste

02/08/2019 - 08:31
The sugar industry in SA was experiencing serious difficulties even before the government introduced a tax on sugary beverages – and many manufacturers are now merely using artificial sweeteners instead. read more
SA records its second consecutive trade surplus in June

SA records its second consecutive trade surplus in June

01/08/2019 - 09:50
SA recorded a trade surplus of R4.42bn in June as growth in exports exceeded growth in imports. read more
SA’s jobless rate climbs to 11-year high

SA’s jobless rate climbs to 11-year high

31/07/2019 - 09:28
SA’s unemployment rate jumped to an 11-year high of 29% in the second quarter of the year, which is likely to make it harder for President Cyril Ramaphosa to fulfill his promise of creating a quarter of a million jobs a year. read more
Ethiopa coffee, oilseeds export revenues hit $1.2bn

Ethiopa coffee, oilseeds export revenues hit $1.2bn

30/07/2019 - 09:07
The Ethiopian government said the country made more than $1.2 billion in revenue from the exports of coffee and oilseeds during the just-concluded Ethiopian fiscal year that ended on July 7.  read more
SA's VAT hike under scrutiny

SA's VAT hike under scrutiny

30/07/2019 - 08:55
New research suggests SA should scrap the zero-rating of VAT items and introduce a new social grant which would benefit those who fall outside the welfare net. read more
Predatory imports are killing small chicken firms

Predatory imports are killing small chicken firms

29/07/2019 - 11:01
Local chicken producers and importers are arguing over the potential impact that import tariffs could have on South African consumers, jobs and rural development. read more
Inflation steady at 4.5% in June

Inflation steady at 4.5% in June

24/07/2019 - 13:08
Consumer inflation was slightly higher than expected in June, unchanged from May’s 4.5%, but remained at the midpoint of the Reserve Bank’s 3%-6% target range. read more
Rate cut good news, but don't get too excited - economists

Rate cut good news, but don't get too excited - economists

24/07/2019 - 10:05
The SA Reserve Bank's decision to cut the repo rate by 0.25% has been met with cautious optimism by analysts, who – while welcoming the move – have warned that relief is more likely to be short-term, and that room for further easing is limited.  read more
Sugar importers bitter about consumer prices

Sugar importers bitter about consumer prices

19/07/2019 - 10:57
Sugar importers want to know why the industry is subsidised to the extent that consumers are being forced to pay about double the world price. read more
Retail sales jump in May ahead of expected rate cuts

Retail sales jump in May ahead of expected rate cuts

18/07/2019 - 09:24
South Africa’s retail sales rose more than expected in May as sales of household goods, furniture and appliances expanded quickly, a hint that pressure on consumers was easing ahead of an expected lending rate cut that may further support spending. read more
Cannabis investors may be in for an unpleasant surprise

Cannabis investors may be in for an unpleasant surprise

16/07/2019 - 08:38
Cannabis investors banking on profitability in the second half of the year may have another thing coming: More losses at best, and maybe a surprise stack of write-downs. read more
Poultry body defends call for 82% chicken tariffs

Poultry body defends call for 82% chicken tariffs

12/07/2019 - 08:50
The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has defended its decision to call for a hike in chicken imports tariffs to 82 percent, up from the current 37 percent. read more
Manufacturing output remained tepid in May

Manufacturing output remained tepid in May

11/07/2019 - 15:56
SA's manufacturing sector grew a marginal 1% year on year in May but failed to hold onto a surge experienced in April, when the sector rebounded after being hit by load-shedding in first quarter of 2019. read more
SA trade conditions remain under pressure - index

SA trade conditions remain under pressure - index

10/07/2019 - 16:11
Trade conditions in South Africa remained under pressure in June 2019, according to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci). read more
How digitalisation is changing the job market - Is South Africa prepared?

How digitalisation is changing the job market - Is South Africa prepared?

08/07/2019 - 15:05
It goes without saying that digital disruption is changing how we work, live and play. On the one hand, technology and the digital ecosystem are exciting, opening up new frontiers of convenience and connectivity (among other benefits). On the other hand, it’s a scary place for job seekers either already in the workforce or, who are just leaving school or tertiary institutions to enter for the first time. read more
Cyril Ramaphosa wants SA to embrace 4IR

Cyril Ramaphosa wants SA to embrace 4IR

08/07/2019 - 14:49
President Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa must embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and harness the opportunities it offers in order to eradicate the biggest challenges society faces.  read more
Chinese pork output expected to expand again after 2020, says UN report

Chinese pork output expected to expand again after 2020, says UN report

08/07/2019 - 13:58
Production is projected to fall 5% this year as the country struggles to recover from African swine fever, but some say this figure is likely to be higher. read more
Business confidence edges higher in June

Business confidence edges higher in June

08/07/2019 - 10:12
The SA business chamber, which represents 20,000 small, medium and large enterprises has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to swiftly implement his promised reforms. read more
Government reviewing its policy on single-use plastics

Government reviewing its policy on single-use plastics

05/07/2019 - 15:26
The government is reviewing its policy on single-use plastics and intends to complete this process by the end of this financial year. read more
Global share gains wane on concern about world economy

Global share gains wane on concern about world economy

03/07/2019 - 09:02
Stocks eked out meagre gains amid worries the global economy was faltering after data showed manufacturing activity slowed last month, weakening appetite for risk. read more
Parliament's new finance chair promises to wrap up Steinhoff, VBS probes

Parliament's new finance chair promises to wrap up Steinhoff, VBS probes

03/07/2019 - 08:51
Newly-elected chairperson of Parliament's standing committee on finance, Joe Maswanganyi, says the Steinhoff and VBS sagas will "reach a conclusion" under his watch as committee head. read more
Rising income inequality a threat to growth in SA, warns Moody’s

Rising income inequality a threat to growth in SA, warns Moody’s

03/07/2019 - 08:23
Moody’s Investors Service, the last remaining credit ratings agency to hold SA at investment grade, has warned that rising income inequality could curtail growth, potentially compromising a country’s credit profiles.  read more
Slow growth expected to knock SA's exports

Slow growth expected to knock SA's exports

01/07/2019 - 08:15
SA’s trade balance will remain volatile in 2019 as the global growth slowdown takes a toll on the country’s exports. read more
Cannabis beauty products broaden appeal of cannabis investment

Cannabis beauty products broaden appeal of cannabis investment

26/06/2019 - 10:48
Cannabis beauty products broaden the appeal of South Africa investing in legitimate cannabis cultivation as it adds to the multi-billion rand market for cannabis medical products.  read more
Consumers relying more on credit to survive

Consumers relying more on credit to survive

26/06/2019 - 08:38
Consumers are increasingly relying on their credit cards and personal loans for daily survival, the latest statistics from one of the major credit bureaus reveal. read more
SA’s growth prospects pick up a little in April

SA’s growth prospects pick up a little in April

25/06/2019 - 14:26
The Reserve Bank’s leading indicator signals activity increased slightly in April from March, with more building plans approved and more jobs advertised. read more
Key insights into the African melon market

Key insights into the African melon market

21/06/2019 - 09:24
IndexBox recently published a new report, the Africa - Melons - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends, and Insights. Here is a summary of the report's key findings. read more
Laying the groundwork for SA's emerging farmers

Laying the groundwork for SA's emerging farmers

20/06/2019 - 14:27
Smallholder farmers have called on the government to address issues bedevilling the sector to grow the embattled economy. Specifically, they want Thoko Didiza, minister of the newly reconfigured agriculture, land reform & rural development department, to champion their struggles. read more
Inflation accelerates slightly in May

Inflation accelerates slightly in May

19/06/2019 - 11:24
Inflation accelerated slightly to 4.5% in May, giving impetus to calls for an interest cut in July. read more
Plans to reshape the clothing industry

Plans to reshape the clothing industry

18/06/2019 - 10:19
A master plan submitted to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) aims to improve the country's ailing clothing and textile industry.  read more
Trade body will have a bone to pick in poultry tarrif case

Trade body will have a bone to pick in poultry tarrif case

14/06/2019 - 09:30
Those with intimate knowledge of the tariff application say that ITAC's position is akin to a zero-sum game, where they may have to choose between exposing local poultry producers to cheap imports they cannot compete with, or raising consumer prices for poultry to impossibly high levels. read more
SA's first citrus shipment arrives in China

SA's first citrus shipment arrives in China

13/06/2019 - 15:39
The historic shipment of 5 200 tons of citrus in a breakbulk vessel has arrived at Shanghai Port in the People’s Republic of China. read more
Increase in sales reflect stronger second quarter

Increase in sales reflect stronger second quarter

13/06/2019 - 10:41
Data from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) showed that retail sales in April increased 2.4percent year-on-year - the strongest gain in retail trade in six months, providing further evidence that the economy began the second quarter on a firmer footing following the first quarter’s 3.2percent plunge. read more
Retail sales jump in April, giving hope of avoiding a recession

Retail sales jump in April, giving hope of avoiding a recession

12/06/2019 - 15:44
SA’s retail sales jumped 2.4% in April, led by clothing retailers, adding to hopes that a technical recession may be avoided in the second quarter. read more
SA stokvels collectively save R44bn annually

SA stokvels collectively save R44bn annually

11/06/2019 - 16:04
A total of R44 billion is collectively saved in 820 000 stokvels in South Africa annually, with more than 11 million South Africans being members of stokvels, according to Nedbank research. read more
Weak economy set to affect pension savings

Weak economy set to affect pension savings

10/06/2019 - 16:06
The 3.2 percent contraction in South Africa’s economy in the first quarter of this year will have a negative impact on retirement fund members, particularly if it becomes entrenched, financial services provider Momentum Corporate said. read more
SA’s weak economic growth will weigh on local banks in 2019, Moody’s says

SA’s weak economic growth will weigh on local banks in 2019, Moody’s says

10/06/2019 - 15:30
SA’s weak economic growth prospects will weigh on the performance of local banks in 2019, but this situation will be manageable, Moody’s Investors Service said. read more
SA import growth to be restrained by weak domestic activity

SA import growth to be restrained by weak domestic activity

07/06/2019 - 08:45
South Africa’s current account deficit deteriorated by R32.3 billion to R142.5bn in the first quarter of 2019 compared with a deficit of R110.2bn in the fourth quarter of 2018.  read more
Trade war’s likely toll on SA

Trade war’s likely toll on SA

06/06/2019 - 11:28
Escalating trade tensions represent the main factor weighing on global growth. But rising global debt, China’s slowdown, and financial market risk threaten to weaken growth further by undermining investment and confidence. read more
There's no truth to importers' threats about 'expensive' chicken

There's no truth to importers' threats about 'expensive' chicken

05/06/2019 - 08:58
Don't rely on the chicken importers for the facts. In a massive public relations exercise to turn opinion against higher import tariffs, they have relied on assertion, misdirection, misinformation, and bluster. Facts are few and far between. read more
SA taxpayers to pay more for greener economy

SA taxpayers to pay more for greener economy

04/06/2019 - 09:16
Climate change and global warming have long been debated, but what is certain is that consumers are going to pay a great deal more in taxes dedicated to creating a friendlier environment.  read more
More grocery stores in malls on the cards

More grocery stores in malls on the cards

03/06/2019 - 16:08
The Competition Commission said that it wants Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Spar, and Shoprite to stop enforcing exclusivity clauses in shopping malls they do business to allow for more competition. read more
SA recorded surprise trade deficit in April

SA recorded surprise trade deficit in April

03/06/2019 - 11:03
SA recorded a surprise trade deficit of R3.43bn in April, despite expectations of a slight surplus. read more
Consumer confidence improves a little in the second quarter

Consumer confidence improves a little in the second quarter

29/05/2019 - 14:24
After a sharp drop in the first quarter of 2019, consumer confidence picked up in the second quarter, given a slight boost by post-election optimism. read more
SA consumer confidence recovers, survey shows

SA consumer confidence recovers, survey shows

29/05/2019 - 11:23
Consumer confidence in South Africa recovered in the second quarter after a general election and the stabilization of the power grid, but consumer spending was likely to remain constrained, for now, a survey shows. read more
SA ports at risk of a complete shutdown

SA ports at risk of a complete shutdown

29/05/2019 - 09:46
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said in a statement that its members at Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) were set to down tools tomorrow in a strike that would “see a total shutdown of the country’s ports”. read more
South Africa’s economy may be nearing the end of its slump: economist

South Africa’s economy may be nearing the end of its slump: economist

29/05/2019 - 09:07
After years of slow grow South Africa may be over the worst and could start seeing growth by 2021/22 according to leading economist Mike Schüssler.  read more
SA Agribusiness records $660m trade surplus in the first quarter

SA Agribusiness records $660m trade surplus in the first quarter

28/05/2019 - 09:22
Data from the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), which represents commercial farmers and agribusiness enterprises showed that the sector weathered the tough start to the year and recorded a trade surplus of $660 million (R9.53 billion) in the first quarter, up 11 percent from the same period last year.  read more
South Africans are spending less on their weekly shopping trip

South Africans are spending less on their weekly shopping trip

23/05/2019 - 09:44
Tiger Brands, which carries brands including Koo canned foods, All Gold, and Tastic rice, said that revenue from continuing operations fell 2% to R15.4 billion in the interim period. read more
Another recession in 2019 is probable, warns Old Mutual economist

Another recession in 2019 is probable, warns Old Mutual economist

22/05/2019 - 10:21
SA will probably enter another recession given the weak performance in the first quarter of 2019, Old Mutual Investment Group chief economist Johann Els warned. read more
Contraction in economy looms in the first quarter

Contraction in economy looms in the first quarter

17/05/2019 - 09:16
Weak performances in the retail, mining and manufacturing sectors, which bore the brunt of the most severe power cuts the country has experienced yet, indicates that the economy contracted in the first quarter of the year. read more
Retail sector barely budged in March

Retail sector barely budged in March

16/05/2019 - 09:54
Consumers were under pressure in March with a 74c/l hike in the petrol price and slightly higher inflation. read more
Avocado industry should focus on Chinese market, says Agbiz

Avocado industry should focus on Chinese market, says Agbiz

13/05/2019 - 09:57
The chamber said the increased exports are a major boost to the government's policy ambition of achieving export-led growth in agriculture.  read more
Load-shedding knocks mining and manufacturing in the first quarter

Load-shedding knocks mining and manufacturing in the first quarter

13/05/2019 - 09:36
Despite a better performance in March, both sectors recorded contractions in the first quarter of the year - with production severely constrained by load-shedding. read more
SA retailers seek post-election boost as belts tighten

SA retailers seek post-election boost as belts tighten

10/05/2019 - 11:02
Londani Nemaguvhuni’s Sunday trip to the Mall of Africa north of Johannesburg is a finely balanced operation. The 29-year-old has to provide for his young son but also needs to cut costs. read more
SA set to remain a net importer of wheat

SA set to remain a net importer of wheat

09/05/2019 - 10:22
Despite improvements in production, the country will not be able to meet demand and imports could keep driving up food inflation. read more
Business leaders offer president tips to grow economy post elections

Business leaders offer president tips to grow economy post elections

06/05/2019 - 16:22
South African business leaders are in harmony on what the country needs after this week’s elections. read more
How imports threaten survival of SA’s small chicken farmers

How imports threaten survival of SA’s small chicken farmers

06/05/2019 - 14:39
The SA Poultry Association has warned that more local chicken farmers could soon go out of business due to cheap Brazilian imports. read more
SA's trade surplus widens in March

SA's trade surplus widens in March

06/05/2019 - 11:18
SA recorded a trade surplus of R5bn in March, as growth in exports exceeded growth in imports for the second month in a row. read more
Consumer confidence plummets to lowest since 2017

Consumer confidence plummets to lowest since 2017

24/04/2019 - 11:24
Consumer confidence plummeted in the first quarter of 2019 to levels last seen during the death throes of Jacob Zuma's presidency. read more
Retail sales beat expectations in February

Retail sales beat expectations in February

19/04/2019 - 12:39
SA shoppers spent more than expected in February, with retail sales growing 1.1% year on year, led by expenditure in the textiles, footwear and clothing sector. read more
Chicken prices may spike by up to 32% due to tariff increases, says importers

Chicken prices may spike by up to 32% due to tariff increases, says importers

18/04/2019 - 09:22
Increasing tariffs on imported poultry products could hike chicken prices by up to 32%, says consumer bodies and importers and exporters organisation. read more
Inflation accelerates in March after painful fuel price increase

Inflation accelerates in March after painful fuel price increase

17/04/2019 - 13:29
Another fuel price hike in March led to inflation hitting the midpoint of the Reserve Bank’s 3%-6% target range.  read more
Moody’s expects SA confidence to rise after elections

Moody’s expects SA confidence to rise after elections

17/04/2019 - 09:13
SA is expected to see a surge in confidence following the elections in May, as the current administration under President Cyril Ramaphosa is continuing to gradually move forward with the implementation of its reform agenda, Moody’s Investors Service said. read more
SA dairy exports doing well

SA dairy exports doing well

16/04/2019 - 15:42
Dairy imports for February were 4 110 tons at a cost of R172 million. South Africa imported mainly from France (28%) New Zealand (28%), Germany (13%), Poland (8%) and Ireland (4%). Dairy imports for this year are low compared to last year, largely due to limited UHT imports. The main dairy products imported in February were whey (34%), milk powder (22%) and cheese (18%). UHT as a percentage of total imports was less than 1%.  read more
Motorists should brace for another petrol shock

Motorists should brace for another petrol shock

16/04/2019 - 08:20
Unexpectedly strong international fuel prices have raised the likelihood of an unwelcome fuel price hike for petrol users in May.  read more
Manufacturing growth remains tepid in February

Manufacturing growth remains tepid in February

12/04/2019 - 09:24
Manufacturing production grew 0.6% in February after the sector saw subdued growth of 0.3% in January. This was slightly above the Bloomberg consensus of 0.5%.  read more
SA makes its mark in fisheries economy

SA makes its mark in fisheries economy

10/04/2019 - 11:11
South Africa is no longer a spectator country in the business of the ocean and fisheries economy, says Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana. read more
Exports to Brazil take off over South American trade deal

Exports to Brazil take off over South American trade deal

10/04/2019 - 11:03
The ratification of trade agreements between the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), a South American trade bloc, has been a key driver of the increase in exports to Brazil.  read more
SA is experiencing net equity outflows

SA is experiencing net equity outflows

09/04/2019 - 10:05
The Institute of International Finance (IIF) said that its daily tracker showed South Africa experienced net outflows of non-resident portfolio equity in the first quarter while debt flows recovered only modestly.  read more
No more load-shedding - Eskom's plan

No more load-shedding - Eskom's plan

04/04/2019 - 11:33
Gordhan said Eskom’s goal is to ensure there will be no load-shedding from 3rd April 2019 – but admitted there is a lot of hard work ahead for the company.  read more
Petrol price shock - April will be tough for SA

Petrol price shock - April will be tough for SA

02/04/2019 - 11:09
April will be a difficult month for South Africa with a slew of price hikes expected to take a punishing toll on consumers and the ailing economy. read more
News not all bad for food prices

News not all bad for food prices

01/04/2019 - 14:51
Rising fuel and electricity prices and a weaker rand could feed into higher food inflation, but economists expect the uptick to be relatively moderate. read more
Producer inflation rises slightly faster than expected in February

Producer inflation rises slightly faster than expected in February

29/03/2019 - 10:38
Rising fuel costs pushed producer inflation upwards in February, snapping a two-month streak of moderating pressure on prices. read more
2019 Wine grape harvest may be smaller

2019 Wine grape harvest may be smaller

27/03/2019 - 10:20
With close to two-thirds of this season’s wine grape harvest already in cellars, the most recent estimate indicates that the harvest may be somewhat smaller than the previous year.  read more
Agriculture's important contribution to SA economy

Agriculture's important contribution to SA economy

26/03/2019 - 10:17
The South African agricultural industry might be seen by some as simply another role player in the economy, but our farmers cannot be thanked enough for the absolutely necessary work they are doing. read more
 Load shedding threatens jobs, economic recovery, says consumer body

Load shedding threatens jobs, economic recovery, says consumer body

22/03/2019 - 13:31
Load shedding, which has been escalated to Stage 4, is posing a significant risk to economic recovery, the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa said in a statement, as rotational blackouts continued to grip the country. read more
Retail sales recover in January after dismal December figures

Retail sales recover in January after dismal December figures

22/03/2019 - 09:23
Retail spending showed signs of recovery in January, growing 1.2% on an annualised basis, slightly faster than analysts had expected. read more
SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East

SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East

22/03/2019 - 08:23
The recently held Gulfood Trade Show 2019, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, saw the reopening of beef trade between South Africa and the Middle East. read more
Business counts cost as Eskom battles power shortages

Business counts cost as Eskom battles power shortages

20/03/2019 - 09:14
State utility Eskom will make more power cuts this week as it struggles with capacity shortages that threaten to stymie President Cyril Ramaphosa’s efforts to boost investments and economic growth. read more
SA meat price inflation to remain subdued due to foot-and-mouth outbreak

SA meat price inflation to remain subdued due to foot-and-mouth outbreak

19/03/2019 - 11:27
SA’s meat price inflation could remain subdued in 2019 as a ban in exports could increase local supplies, according to the Agriculture Business Chamber (Agbiz), an organisation that represents commercial farmers and agribusiness. read more
Manufacturing growth far lower than expected

Manufacturing growth far lower than expected

14/03/2019 - 15:46
The manufacturing sector saw tepid growth at the start of 2019. read more
Rise in electricity tariff could spike inflation, says Reserve Bank

Rise in electricity tariff could spike inflation, says Reserve Bank

14/03/2019 - 09:08
SA’s electricity tariff increases could push the inflation rate up by 0.75 percentage point, Reserve Bank deputy governor Kuben Naidoo said.  read more
SA business confidence falls to almost two-year low

SA business confidence falls to almost two-year low

13/03/2019 - 12:29
South African business confidence fell to the lowest level in almost two years in the first quarter, with more than two-thirds of respondents dissatisfied with current conditions.  read more
SA, Zim discussing state-guaranteed bank loan

SA, Zim discussing state-guaranteed bank loan

13/03/2019 - 11:49
South Africa is considering more loans to Zimbabwe, including state-guaranteed funding from banks to support its northern neighbour’s cash-strapped private sector. read more
Better than expected current-account deficit surprises analysts

Better than expected current-account deficit surprises analysts

13/03/2019 - 09:04
SA’s current-account deficit narrowed more than expected on a wider trade surplus in the fourth quarter. read more
Global economic slowdown and trade war hit risk appetite

Global economic slowdown and trade war hit risk appetite

12/03/2019 - 11:18
More and more evidence that the global economy is turning for the worst and the more aggressive stance of the US on trade tariffs against China had led to a sudden turn-around in risk appetite across the globe. read more
More pain for consumers as food prices, farmers to be affected by electricity hike

More pain for consumers as food prices, farmers to be affected by electricity hike

11/03/2019 - 08:55
Consumers are likely to be hit hard by rising food costs after Eskom was granted above-inflation price increases by the energy regulator for the next three years, according to FNB.  read more
Retail sales contract by 1.4%

Retail sales contract by 1.4%

06/03/2019 - 11:15
Retail sales for December 2018 contracted by 1.4% year on year, from a downwardly revised 2.9% year on year in November (previously 3.1%).  read more
GDP growth for 2018 slightly higher than expectations

GDP growth for 2018 slightly higher than expectations

05/03/2019 - 14:29
SA emerged out of 2018 with growth of 0.8% — which is slightly higher than expectations. read more