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SA food and non-alcoholic price inflation decelerates

SA food and non-alcoholic price inflation decelerates

22/02/2018 - 15:00
Food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation has been on a downward trend since mid-2017, following a robust output from the agricultural sector. In January 2018, food inflation further decelerated to 4.5% year-on-year (y/y), which is the lowest level in more than two years. With that said, the food basket remains mixed.  read more
Ramaphosa's 10-point plan to revive SA's economy

Ramaphosa's 10-point plan to revive SA's economy

21/02/2018 - 09:02
President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled the recovery plan to set South Africa on a new growth path, which involves forming a social pact with different social partners. read more
The drought will slow growth, warns Kaap Agri boss

The drought will slow growth, warns Kaap Agri boss

20/02/2018 - 13:54
Agriservices specialist Kaap Agri — which has a strong retail offering — expects prolonged drought conditions in certain farming areas of the Western Cape to slow earnings growth in the first half of the financial year to end September 2018. read more
How Small Businesses are gearing up to survive the drought

How Small Businesses are gearing up to survive the drought

15/02/2018 - 16:43
Nationally small businesses are now being advised to prepare for future water scarcity. With small to medium sized businesses contributing over 65% of South Africa’s employment and 50% of the country’s GDP, their survival is essential to the economy.  read more
Cherries show export potential for the Western Cape

Cherries show export potential for the Western Cape

15/02/2018 - 09:19
Once a very small-volumed crop in the Western Cape, cherries have more than quadrupled their export market share over the last four years and continue to show excellent potential as an alternative crop. read more
SA's bulk exports rise almost 90% to record in January

SA's bulk exports rise almost 90% to record in January

13/02/2018 - 08:37
SA’s bulk export volumes shot up 88.8% year on year in January 2018 to a record 25.4-million tonnes, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed on Monday. read more
Rain boosts kiwi harvest

Rain boosts kiwi harvest

12/02/2018 - 10:55
South Africa is dealing with a lot of drought-stricken regions but there is some good news. In the Natal Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, there are farmers who say they’re having a fantastic rainy season, even if this January has been a bit on the dry side. read more
Retail spending up in December on stronger rand, says Mastercard

Retail spending up in December on stronger rand, says Mastercard

12/02/2018 - 09:56
Retail spending grew 3.8% in December on the back of the stronger rand and lower inflation, according to Mastercard. read more
December manufacturing output up 2%

December manufacturing output up 2%

08/02/2018 - 15:54
Manufacturing production grew 2% in December, matching economists’ consensus. This marked an acceleration from November’s 1.7%, Statistics SA reported. read more
Water crisis threatens not only Cape, but SA economy

Water crisis threatens not only Cape, but SA economy

08/02/2018 - 10:16
Cape Town’s water crisis is likely to have far-reaching consequences, not only on the local economy but on the national GDP. The water crisis threatens further downgrades from ratings agencies, hampering much-needed investment, economists have warned. read more
Business confidence hits 2.5 year high in January

Business confidence hits 2.5 year high in January

06/02/2018 - 13:31
The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry says there is the expectation that the new ANC leadership will lead to more pragmatic business and economic policy options. read more
Poultry body backs march over 'unsafe' poultry imports

Poultry body backs march over 'unsafe' poultry imports

05/02/2018 - 13:34
A single bag of frozen chicken can consist of pieces from as many as five different countries, which is not only confusing for consumers but can have serious health implications. read more
Slowdown in food inflation set to ease burden

Slowdown in food inflation set to ease burden

05/02/2018 - 11:12
Average middle-income earners spend 28% of their salary on food, so the stable inflation environment will bring much-needed relief at the till, say, economists, who have noted slight improvements in the prices of staples such as bread and cereal. read more
Cape farmers lose R14bn as drought bites

Cape farmers lose R14bn as drought bites

05/02/2018 - 08:32
Western Cape farmers have recorded R14bn in losses so far, as a result of the crippling drought in the province, according to Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman.  read more
SA consumers mark longest pessimistic streak in more than three decades

SA consumers mark longest pessimistic streak in more than three decades

31/01/2018 - 11:59
South African consumers have remained pessimistic for the past three years, a First National Bank sponsored survey released on Wednesday morning showed. read more
SA food price inflation slows 4.9%

SA food price inflation slows 4.9%

31/01/2018 - 10:40
"Food inflation for December 2017 was in line with our expectation at 4.9% Y/Y, from 5.2% in November 2017. This is reflective of the current lower agricultural commodity prices, which in turn, have been pressured by a large harvest from the 2016/17 production season. We expect this trend to persist in the short term cushioned by the relatively large stock from the previous season, despite the fears of dryness in the western parts of the country" - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Agribusiness Intelligence  read more
SA at risk of economic downgrade as Day Zero approaches

SA at risk of economic downgrade as Day Zero approaches

30/01/2018 - 15:43
Because the economy will suffer, we run the risk of a downgrade from the ratings agencies. read more
Boost for blueberry industry

Boost for blueberry industry

29/01/2018 - 16:51
Migiva Group and OZblu have signed a joint venture agreement combining their skills and strengths to form OZblu America, which will bring to market what they call a superior blueberry offering. read more
South African steel production rises 2.6% in 2017 to 6.3-million tonnes

South African steel production rises 2.6% in 2017 to 6.3-million tonnes

26/01/2018 - 14:03
South African steel production rose by 2.6% in 2017 to an estimated 6.301-million tonnes after falling by 4.2% in 2016, according to the World Steel Association. read more
Possible exportable surpluses for SA maize

Possible exportable surpluses for SA maize

25/01/2018 - 09:45
The record 2017/18 marketing season is something of the past and the focus is now on the season ahead. Initially, before the optimal planting window for summer crops commenced in most parts of the country, widespread rain occurred, and it seemed as if it would again be a top season. However, the season took a different turn and the rain remained elusive for long periods, which delayed the planting process.  read more
Consumer inflation stabilises despite leap in fuel prices

Consumer inflation stabilises despite leap in fuel prices

24/01/2018 - 13:19
Consumer inflation edged up as expected in December, as a hefty fuel price increase of 70c a litre took a chunk out of consumers’ wallets but was counterbalanced by lower inflation elsewhere, including food.  read more
Drought challenges fruit industry

Drought challenges fruit industry

22/01/2018 - 11:12
Western Cape fruit farmers and rural communities are under tremendous socio-economic pressure due to the crippling drought, according to the deciduous fruit industry organisation, Hortgro.  read more
Clothing sector to unzip retail sales growth

Clothing sector to unzip retail sales growth

22/01/2018 - 10:14
Analysts are upbeat about the clothing-retail sector’s outlook for 2018 even though some struggled to lift volumes significantly on Black Friday and during the festive season. read more
The Block&Coin Summit - heralding the new economy in Africa

The Block&Coin Summit - heralding the new economy in Africa

18/01/2018 - 13:16
The recent roller-coaster bitcoin price has moved the topic of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain from geeky chat rooms to boardrooms and dining room tables.  read more
Milk price hits four-year high

Milk price hits four-year high

18/01/2018 - 09:08
The producer price for milk reached R5,10/ℓ to R5,20/ℓ in December, its highest level since 2014, according to the Milk Producer’s Organisation (MPO). read more
Black Friday boosted retail November retail sales by 8.2%- surprising economists

Black Friday boosted retail November retail sales by 8.2%- surprising economists

17/01/2018 - 15:00
Black Friday boosted November 2017’s retail sales to 8.2% — double the annual growth expected by economists. read more
SA’s bulk exports reach record high in 2017

SA’s bulk exports reach record high in 2017

12/01/2018 - 13:46
SA’s bulk export volumes increased by 4.9% in 2017 to a new record of 171.3-million tonnes, after falling by 2.8% in 2016 to 163.3-million tonnes, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed on Wednesday. read more
Manufacturing output growth beats expectations

Manufacturing output growth beats expectations

11/01/2018 - 14:06
SA’s manufacturing output grew 1.7% in November from the same month in 2016, beating the economists’ consensus of 0.45%, Statistics SA reported on Thursday. read more
SA’s reserves show slight increase in December

SA’s reserves show slight increase in December

09/01/2018 - 08:33
SA’s gross reserves amounted to $50.7bn in December, an 0.84% increase from November’s $50.3bn, the South African Reserve Bank reported on Monday morning.  read more
SA to have smallest wine harvest in a decade due to drought

SA to have smallest wine harvest in a decade due to drought

08/01/2018 - 10:23
SA, the world’s seventh biggest wine producer, is expected to see the smallest harvest in more than a decade in 2018 after drought and lower plantings hit yields, industry experts have said. read more
Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvests

Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvests

05/01/2018 - 10:45
The country is staring at a food shortage following declined maize and wheat production in the North Rift region - the country's grain basket this season caused by disease outbreaks and erratic weather. read more
Private sector’s appetite for credit picks up

Private sector’s appetite for credit picks up

04/01/2018 - 09:15
The private sector’s appetite for credit grew faster than expected in November, the Reserve Bank reported on Friday morning. read more
SA records far bigger trade surplus than expected in November

SA records far bigger trade surplus than expected in November

03/01/2018 - 11:40
SA recorded a trade surplus of R13.02bn in November, much higher than the consensus of R1.3bn, and a Trading Economics forecast of R4.65bn. read more
SARS cracks down on counterfeit clothing

SARS cracks down on counterfeit clothing

19/12/2017 - 16:06
More than R97-million worth of fake clothing was seized by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in its crackdown against illegal clothing and textile imports this year. read more
Producer inflation accelerates unexpectedly in November

Producer inflation accelerates unexpectedly in November

15/12/2017 - 15:00
Farm and factory gate inflation, as measured by the annual change in the producer price index (PPI), rose to 5.1% in November from 5% in October, surprising economists who had expected it to fall slightly.  read more
Retail sector set to grow amid benign inflation, say analysts

Retail sector set to grow amid benign inflation, say analysts

15/12/2017 - 08:58
Retail sales softened slightly in October as consumers held back in anticipation of Black Friday bargains in November. read more
Retail sales far lower in October than analysts expected

Retail sales far lower in October than analysts expected

14/12/2017 - 11:19
The retail sector did not do as well as expected in October but still signalled stronger economic growth at the start of the fourth quarter.  read more
Manufacturing production off to a good start in final quarter

Manufacturing production off to a good start in final quarter

12/12/2017 - 14:44
Manufacturing production got the final quarter of a tough 2017 off to a good start, as expected, posting growth of 2.2% for October from a year earlier, after a revised 1.7% year-on-year contraction in September. read more
Drought-ravaged Western Cape braces for smallest grape harvest since 2005

Drought-ravaged Western Cape braces for smallest grape harvest since 2005

11/12/2017 - 11:52
The South African wine industry, which is reeling because of the severe drought in the Western Cape, is bracing itself for what might be the smallest harvest in more than a decade. read more
Egg price expected to rise 20%

Egg price expected to rise 20%

08/12/2017 - 10:41
South African consumers should brace themselves for a steep hike in the price of eggs, according to Paul Makube, senior agricultural economist at FNB Business.  read more
Mining sector records exceptionally strong growth in October after September’s contraction

Mining sector records exceptionally strong growth in October after September’s contraction

07/12/2017 - 13:59
The mining sector recorded exceptionally strong growth in October after a contraction in September, indicating a strong beginning to the fourth quarter. read more
Agriculture rebound benefits SA's embattled economy

Agriculture rebound benefits SA's embattled economy

06/12/2017 - 10:41
A recovery in agriculture gave GDP a surprise boost in the third quarter and has led to economists revising upwards their forecasts for the year.  read more
Manufacturing Circle optimistic about prospects of factories

Manufacturing Circle optimistic about prospects of factories

05/12/2017 - 10:27
Despite the Absa purchasing managers’ index (PMI) spending six months in contractionary territory, the Manufacturing Circle is adamant that manufacturing is SA’s greatest opportunity for job-rich growth. read more
‘Sugar tax’ is adopted by Treasury without amendment

‘Sugar tax’ is adopted by Treasury without amendment

01/12/2017 - 15:41
The National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP) select committee on finance has adopted the bill which includes a provision for the health promotion levy — or sugar tax — without amendment. read more
SA records surprise R4.56bn trade surplus in October

SA records surprise R4.56bn trade surplus in October

01/12/2017 - 09:52
Contrary to expectations, SA recorded another monthly trade account surplus in October. read more
Producer inflation eases, as food inflation nears zero

Producer inflation eases, as food inflation nears zero

30/11/2017 - 14:02
Producer price inflation moderated slightly in October, as expected, after accelerating faster than expected in September. read more
No end in sight to decline in business confidence

No end in sight to decline in business confidence

29/11/2017 - 10:13
Business confidence has remained worryingly low in the fourth quarter of 2017 and Friday’s credit rating downgrade will see it take a further knock. read more
 Franchises can still cash in, despite turbulent times

Franchises can still cash in, despite turbulent times

23/11/2017 - 09:12
Despite South Africa’s tough economic conditions, franchising businesses are still flourishing. read more
Consumer inflation slows again, after two months of increases

Consumer inflation slows again, after two months of increases

22/11/2017 - 11:56
Consumer inflation dipped as expected in October, thanks in part to smaller fuel price increases and a continued moderation of food inflation. read more
Sales grow at Kaap Agri in face of drought

Sales grow at Kaap Agri in face of drought

21/11/2017 - 13:14
Recently listed farming community retailer Kaap Agri has managed to keep the profit taps open despite a water-shortage crisis afflicting areas in its Western Cape heartland. read more
Reserve Bank’s leading indicator rises in September

Reserve Bank’s leading indicator rises in September

21/11/2017 - 10:16
The Reserve Bank’s composite leading business cycle indicator increased slightly in September‚ to 98.4 from 97.2 in August. read more
Helping SA’s SMEs gear up for the summer season

Helping SA’s SMEs gear up for the summer season

17/11/2017 - 13:33
South Africa’s economy is not faring well. The country’s GDP declined 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 0.7% in the first quarter of 2017. Second-quarter data for 2017 shows year-on-year GDP growth was 1.1%, and for the six months growth has remained at 1.1%.  read more
Festive retail sales may help give GDP a boost

Festive retail sales may help give GDP a boost

16/11/2017 - 13:53
The retail sector is set to make a positive contribution to third-quarter GDP as retailers adapt to the difficult economic conditions and as they look forward to the festive season for relief. read more
Retail sector offers good news for third-quarter economic growth

Retail sector offers good news for third-quarter economic growth

15/11/2017 - 14:15
In good news for third-quarter economic growth, the retail sector did better than expected in September. read more
Green shoots visible for Tongaat after devastating drought

Green shoots visible for Tongaat after devastating drought

13/11/2017 - 12:05
Tongaat Hulett, SA’s largest sugar producer, is starting to see the positive effects of the end of a devastating drought that hit its operations in KwaZulu-Natal, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. read more
Inflation may slow retail sales

Inflation may slow retail sales

13/11/2017 - 09:01
Retail sales are projected to contribute positively to third-quarter economic growth despite a slight moderation in September as the spotlight falls on consumption this week. read more
South Africa’s bulk exports increase to new record

South Africa’s bulk exports increase to new record

10/11/2017 - 09:05
South Africa’s bulk export volumes soared by 30.7% year on year in October to a new record of 16.7-million tonnes, according to Transnet National Ports Authority. The previous record of 16.4-million tonnes was set in January 2015. read more
Drought impact on SA table grape crop slowly emerging

Drought impact on SA table grape crop slowly emerging

09/11/2017 - 14:37
The 2017/18 table grape crop will likely be marginally above the 5-year average of about 57.9 million cartons, according to the SA Table Grape Industry (Sati). read more
 SA's $14bn question as junk downgrade looms

SA's $14bn question as junk downgrade looms

08/11/2017 - 14:02
Wall Street and other global banks say it’s a question of when, not if, South Africa loses investment grade status on its local-currency ratings. The bigger question is how much damage that would cause.  read more
State of business worsens in October, but less so than in September

State of business worsens in October, but less so than in September

08/11/2017 - 10:41
Business conditions in SA have continued to deteriorate, given the weak economic climate. read more
No relief in sight for local clothing retailers in 2018

No relief in sight for local clothing retailers in 2018

07/11/2017 - 09:28
Clothing retailers are likely to see single-digit growth in future as low sales, worsened by weak economic growth and international competitors entering the market, continue to put the sector under pressure. read more
Food prices slump but are still more than 2% higher than a year ago

Food prices slump but are still more than 2% higher than a year ago

02/11/2017 - 14:50
World food prices fell slightly in October from the previous month, as valuations dropped for all food commodities apart from cereals, the UN food agency said on Thursday. read more
What bird flu has to do with the price of eggs

What bird flu has to do with the price of eggs

31/10/2017 - 10:07
The humble egg could be about to make a dent in the multimillion-rand hospitality industry. With the holiday season on the doorstep‚ tourists might have to fork out more for their meals – especially breakfast. read more
 Silver lining for SA as global booze drought looms

Silver lining for SA as global booze drought looms

30/10/2017 - 14:11
The world may produce the least wine this year in half a century, after small grape harvests in Italy, France, and Spain, a global wine organisation said. That could mean higher prices for bulk and entry-level wines.  read more
Credit extension growth slows in September

Credit extension growth slows in September

30/10/2017 - 10:57
Private sector credit growth moderated in September, reflecting sluggish economic growth. read more
Fitch sceptical SA can return to fiscal health

Fitch sceptical SA can return to fiscal health

27/10/2017 - 10:42
Fitch, the first credit-ratings agency to issue an opinion on Wednesday’s medium-term budget statement, expressed strong scepticism on Thursday that SA could return to a path of fiscal consolidation, raising fear of a downgrade even before the ANC’s elective conference. read more
Producer inflation springs an unpleasant surprise

Producer inflation springs an unpleasant surprise

26/10/2017 - 16:17
Producer prices accelerated even faster than expected in September, adding to the growing expectation that the Reserve Bank will not cut interest rates when it meets in November. read more
Budget speech commentary for SME sector: Crisis in credibility

Budget speech commentary for SME sector: Crisis in credibility

25/10/2017 - 10:00
Today’s budget speech has been sorely lacking and the SME sector will be feeling disappointed about the absence of any real plans to improve support for this critical sector. Karl Westvig, CEO of Retail Capital has the following commentary:  read more
SA citrus industry suspends exports to the EU, with exceptions

SA citrus industry suspends exports to the EU, with exceptions

25/10/2017 - 09:20
SA has suspended exports of citrus to the EU following the detection of black spot. read more
South African steel production rises 9.9%

South African steel production rises 9.9%

24/10/2017 - 10:25
SA’s steel production grew 9.9% year on year in September to 556,000 tonnes, after surging by 24.4% in August, and following July’s 6.3% decline and June’s 15.9% plunge, according to the World Steel Association. read more
How SA honey production could see R20bn turnover

How SA honey production could see R20bn turnover

23/10/2017 - 09:12
A structural approach and strategic business model could see South Africa’s honey industry turnover reach R20bn, according to experts.  read more
SMEs need supportive policies and finance solutions to reduce SA’s unemployment

SMEs need supportive policies and finance solutions to reduce SA’s unemployment

20/10/2017 - 10:14
Ahead of the mid-term budget speech later this month many will be hoping for improved SME financing and legislative support. Small business owners and entrepreneurs have a significant role to play in combating unemployment in South Africa, making the sector integral to our development and economic growth mandate.  read more
Rise in retail sales points to pick-up in third-quarter economic growth

Rise in retail sales points to pick-up in third-quarter economic growth

18/10/2017 - 15:13
The retail sector did better than expected in August, signalling stronger economic growth in the third quarter. Retail trade sales rose by a significant 5.5% year on year in August 2017. read more
Inflation picks up a little faster than expected

Inflation picks up a little faster than expected

18/10/2017 - 10:35
Inflation, as measured by the annual change in the consumer price index (CPI), accelerated to 5.1% in September from 4.8% in August. read more
Mining sector’s surprise performance points to strong industry

Mining sector’s surprise performance points to strong industry

18/10/2017 - 08:53
A surprisingly strong performance by the mining industry in August augurs well for the third quarter’s GDP performance. read more
South Africa’s bulk exports decline 7.3% in September

South Africa’s bulk exports decline 7.3% in September

17/10/2017 - 08:58
South Africa’s bulk export volumes fell by 7.3% year on year in September to 13.8-million tonnes after a 7.2% drop in August to 11.7-million tonnes, after surging by 34.5% in July to 15.6-million tonnes, according to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). read more
Increase expected in consumer inflation

Increase expected in consumer inflation

16/10/2017 - 10:18
The focus this week will be on the September consumer inflation figure and retail trade sales for August. Statistics SA will release both indicators on Wednesday. read more
Cape wine farmers’ harvest in danger

Cape wine farmers’ harvest in danger

16/10/2017 - 09:28
Wine grape producers in some parts of the Western Cape, already reeling from severe drought, have been dealt another blow after being hit by frost in early October. read more
Faster and more sustainable agricultural growth is crucial for Africa

Faster and more sustainable agricultural growth is crucial for Africa

12/10/2017 - 14:12
When the economies of Nigeria and SA recently rebounded, it wasn’t oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and more sustainable agricultural growth is crucial not only to the continent’s economy but also to its ability to feed and employ its surging population. read more
Competition Commission takes on fresh produce market agents

Competition Commission takes on fresh produce market agents

12/10/2017 - 09:01
The Competition Commission on Wednesday said that the 50-year-old practice by fresh produce market agents of charging fixed commissions to farmers amounts to price fixing.  read more
New index offers a snapshot of SA’s debt-stressed consumers

New index offers a snapshot of SA’s debt-stressed consumers

11/10/2017 - 13:35
Credit data company Experian launched a consumer default index on Tuesday to help pinpoint where South Africans are experiencing financial stress. read more
 Consumers hit malls less frequently, but spend more per visit

Consumers hit malls less frequently, but spend more per visit

09/10/2017 - 08:56
Consumers are visiting malls less frequently, but spend more per visit. read more
Stocks hit record highs, rand weaker

Stocks hit record highs, rand weaker

06/10/2017 - 11:31
The main stock indexes closed at record highs yesterday as investors, taking their cue from emerging market peers, piled into everything from banks and miners to telecoms. read more
How wholesalers and retailers can weather the economic downturn

How wholesalers and retailers can weather the economic downturn

04/10/2017 - 14:07
It was announced recently that South Africa is no longer in the technical recession that resulted from two consecutive quarters of negative growth. While welcomed news, it does not change the fact that consumers remain under pressure in the face of ever-increasing living costs, growing debt levels and significant political uncertainty.  read more
SA’s trade balance comes in better than expected

SA’s trade balance comes in better than expected

29/09/2017 - 15:12
SA recorded a trade surplus of R5.94bn for August, almost three times one of the consensus expectations. read more
SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

29/09/2017 - 13:48
South Africa boosted its final estimate for this year’s record crop as the pace of deliveries continues to point to a bumper harvest.  read more
SA’s sugar industry under assault

SA’s sugar industry under assault

29/09/2017 - 08:46
South Africa’s sugar industry faces tough times — even without the imposition of a tax on sugary drinks.  read more
New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

26/09/2017 - 09:41
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the guava industry in the region.  read more
SA’s growth engines feeling the weight of economic strain

SA’s growth engines feeling the weight of economic strain

25/09/2017 - 09:44
Business confidence indicators plummeted further in the second quarter of this year as the South African macroeconomic environment remains dire, resulting in increased pressure on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their ability to deliver as one of South Africa’s leading growth engines. read more
Reserve Bank treads carefully as risks to inflation outlook threaten

Reserve Bank treads carefully as risks to inflation outlook threaten

25/09/2017 - 08:44
The Reserve Bank disappointed the markets on Thursday by failing to cut the repo rate, noting that a number of risks to the inflation outlook had increased amid heightened uncertainty. read more
Interest rate cut may be on the cards

Interest rate cut may be on the cards

21/09/2017 - 10:36
With inflation heading down towards the mid-point of the target range, most economists expect another 25 basis point cut in interest rates when the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee concludes its three-day meeting on Thursday. read more
Western Cape government to clamp down on alcohol sales

Western Cape government to clamp down on alcohol sales

21/09/2017 - 09:42
It's going to be much harder to buy a beer in Cape Town‚ if the Western Cape government has its way. read more
Consumer inflation ticks up, but food inflation slows further

Consumer inflation ticks up, but food inflation slows further

20/09/2017 - 11:15
Consumer inflation picked up as expected in August, as higher fuel prices bit. read more
World Bank warns SA's lack of innovation holds back growth

World Bank warns SA's lack of innovation holds back growth

20/09/2017 - 09:58
The World Bank has cut its forecast for SA’s economic growth, saying that the country’s low levels of innovation and declining productivity are factors holding back growth. read more
SMEs suffer from a sluggish economy

SMEs suffer from a sluggish economy

19/09/2017 - 14:59
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are being hammered by bad news, as they suffer from a sluggish economy and negative sentiment.  read more
SA’s bulk exports decline 7.2% in August

SA’s bulk exports decline 7.2% in August

18/09/2017 - 09:28
SA’s bulk export volumes fell 7.2% year on year in August to 11.7-million tonnes, after surging by 34.5% in July to 15.6-million tonnes, according to Transnet National Ports Authority. read more
SA clambers out of recession but retail sector is likely to retard growth

SA clambers out of recession but retail sector is likely to retard growth

15/09/2017 - 11:03
Even as SA clambered out of recession, it is unlikely to experience meaningful growth on the back of a slump in the retail sector. read more
Tough times ahead for all businesses, retailers warned

Tough times ahead for all businesses, retailers warned

13/09/2017 - 09:18
Retailers have been warned the next 18 months will be tough for all businesses. read more
With silos bulging, SA looks abroad

With silos bulging, SA looks abroad

12/09/2017 - 10:56
A quarter of South Africa's surplus maize crop of four million tons has so far been exported to Southern African countries and to the Far East, as South Africa searches for new markets. read more
Futuregrowth’s Development Equity Fund acquires stake in SME Funding Business

Futuregrowth’s Development Equity Fund acquires stake in SME Funding Business

12/09/2017 - 10:22
Futuregrowth Asset Management, on behalf of clients, has acquired a non-controlling stake in the shareholding of Retail Capital, a merchant cash advance business that focuses on funding the South African SME market.  read more