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Rob Davies launches Musina cross-border terminal

Rob Davies launches Musina cross-border terminal

28/06/2017 - 10:26
There needs to be less cargo transported by road and more by rail that was the message from Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies as he launched the Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT). read more
Trade and business services lost the most jobs in the first quarter

Trade and business services lost the most jobs in the first quarter

27/06/2017 - 14:43
Employment levels fell in the first quarter of 2017, though mining and construction both showed increased. read more
 Breathing room for consumers?

Breathing room for consumers?

27/06/2017 - 10:12
In terms of the outlook for consumers, there is reason for cautious optimism due to lower inflation and the potential for modest interest rate cuts, according to Dave Mohr (chief investment strategist) and Izak Odendaal (investment strategist) at Old Mutual Multi-Managers. read more
Treasury rejects claims of calamitous job losses from sugar tax

Treasury rejects claims of calamitous job losses from sugar tax

23/06/2017 - 09:50
Treasury has rejected claims of calamitous job losses resulting from the imposition of a health promotion levy. read more
Why SA wine exports must move from bulk to brands

Why SA wine exports must move from bulk to brands

22/06/2017 - 11:59
South Africa’s wine industry must shift its emphasis from volume to value and from a production orientation to a market orientation. This is according to Anton Smuts, the newly elected chairperson of Vinpro. He shared his thoughts on some of the pressing issues that currently prevail in the industry with Jeandré du Preez. read more
Consumer inflation stabilises within target range

Consumer inflation stabilises within target range

21/06/2017 - 10:37
Consumer inflation remained within the Reserve Bank's 3%-6% target range in May, with the consumer price index (CPI) ticking up to 5.4%, from 5.3% in April. read more
Banana farmers go nuts in SA over macadamia boom

Banana farmers go nuts in SA over macadamia boom

20/06/2017 - 16:30
Booming demand for macadamias is transforming farmland in eastern South Africa, as landowners switch focus from bananas and sugarcane to the creamy nuts used in sweet treats from ice cream to cookies.  read more
Wary consumers in no rush to spend big

Wary consumers in no rush to spend big

20/06/2017 - 12:07
The South African economy has a long history of the tertiary sector (consumption side) being a resilient pillar of growth, but this long, unbroken run was shattered with the release of the GDP figures for the first quarter of the year. The numbers showed that the sector contracted by a full 2% quarter on quarter. read more
Better rains wash away some dairy woes

Better rains wash away some dairy woes

18/06/2017 - 14:21
Better summer rains have helped the dairy industry, but drought in the Western Cape, cost pressures and consumer resistance to price hikes remain a challenge. read more
Uptick in April retail sales figures ‘not sustainable’

Uptick in April retail sales figures ‘not sustainable’

15/06/2017 - 13:09
Despite a grim performance in the first quarter, SA’s retail sector surprised on the upside in April, though depressed consumer confidence is expected to keep retailing constrained. read more
Retailers gain access to R1bn in financing, despite recessionary conditions

Retailers gain access to R1bn in financing, despite recessionary conditions

13/06/2017 - 10:47
Access to funding is a thing of the past for entrepreneurs and small business owners, who have tied up R1 billion in advances from small business lender Retail Capital.  read more
UK consumer spending drops for first time in four years

UK consumer spending drops for first time in four years

12/06/2017 - 10:06
London - Inflation’s hold on the UK consumer is tightening and the economy is suffering as a result.  read more
Mining slows in April as prices soften after March uptick

Mining slows in April as prices soften after March uptick

09/06/2017 - 10:10
The mining industry slowed in April after picking up significantly in March. read more
Sugar tax under fire from producers, unions and business

Sugar tax under fire from producers, unions and business

08/06/2017 - 10:12
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Business Unity SA (Busa) and the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) have agreed that the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages should be delayed as it will have a negative effect on employment in the industry. read more
SA to set sights on Asia after bumper maize crops in Africa

SA to set sights on Asia after bumper maize crops in Africa

05/06/2017 - 15:30
SA will need to target Asian markets to boost maize exports in 2017 after bumper crops at home and in neighbouring countries depressed prices and dampened demand in Africa. read more
World Bank cuts its forecast for SA’s growth

World Bank cuts its forecast for SA’s growth

05/06/2017 - 12:35
The World Bank cut its forecast for SA’s GDP growth for 2017 by 0.5 percentage points to 0.6% in its June Global Economic Prospects report released on Sunday. read more
Global ranking shows SA is punching below its weight

Global ranking shows SA is punching below its weight

01/06/2017 - 12:32
SA has fallen one notch down a ranking of the world’s most competitive countries, reflecting its lack of sustainable growth as well as high levels of structural unemployment and lack of access to quality education. read more
Trade surplus shrinks, with both imports and exports falling

Trade surplus shrinks, with both imports and exports falling

31/05/2017 - 16:32
SA’s trade balance came in worse than expected on Wednesday when the South African Revenue Service (SARS) announced a surplus of R5.08bn for April. read more
Manufacturing Circle upbeat despite output decline

Manufacturing Circle upbeat despite output decline

30/05/2017 - 18:01
Manufacturers remain somewhat upbeat about their prospects despite a contraction in the first quarter. read more
South Africa to harvest the highest maize crop in 40 years

South Africa to harvest the highest maize crop in 40 years

30/05/2017 - 15:05
South Africa is expecting to harvest its biggest maize crop in four decades, a year after drought devastated output of the country's staple food. read more
Western Cape an exception amid signs of recovery in agriculture

Western Cape an exception amid signs of recovery in agriculture

30/05/2017 - 12:27
Drought is serious enough for the provincial government to declare a disaster area.  read more
Producer inflation eases in April

Producer inflation eases in April

25/05/2017 - 13:09
Production prices have continued to ease compared with 2016, with the continued deceleration in manufactured food price inflation. read more
Rand spikes as consumer inflation slows sharply on food prices

Rand spikes as consumer inflation slows sharply on food prices

24/05/2017 - 12:25
A slight slowdown had been expected, but the CPI data were better than forecasts, thanks also to fuel price cuts. read more
Interest rate cut unlikely amid risks to currency

Interest rate cut unlikely amid risks to currency

22/05/2017 - 10:01
Uncertainty about the rand exchange rate, as well as food prices, have put question marks over the sustainability of inflation drop. read more
Rand takes worst beating since credit downgrades

Rand takes worst beating since credit downgrades

19/05/2017 - 09:02
The rand hasn’t taken as hard a beating since the credit downgrade, partly because its strength is not solely dependent on domestic developments. Global factors have proven to be a driver of its performance, said economist Dr. Azar Jammine.  read more
Rise in mining outcome may offset recession

Rise in mining outcome may offset recession

18/05/2017 - 11:54
Economists expect the economy to avoid a technical recession on improved mining and agriculture data. read more
Retail sales up, but quarter showing 'worst since financial crisis'

Retail sales up, but quarter showing 'worst since financial crisis'

18/05/2017 - 09:33
Retail sales were down 1.1% for the quarter ending in March 2017, Statistics South Africa announced on Wednesday. read more
SA and UK start making plans for post-Brexit trade

SA and UK start making plans for post-Brexit trade

18/05/2017 - 09:17
Nations agree in principle to implement interim arrangement based on existing EU partnership deal. read more
Retail sales rebound in March — but not enough to save quarterly decline

Retail sales rebound in March — but not enough to save quarterly decline

17/05/2017 - 14:36
South African retail sales rebounded in March, but not enough to save a quarterly decline that may contribute to the country falling into a technical recession. read more
2016 wheat crop estimate is finalised at 1.91-million tonnes

2016 wheat crop estimate is finalised at 1.91-million tonnes

17/05/2017 - 12:56
The commercial wheat crop for 2016 has been finalised at 1.91-million tons, the Crop Estimates Committee said on Friday in its final estimate for the year. These figures are marginally higher than the previous report, released in February. read more
Impact of drought on SA fruit industry

Impact of drought on SA fruit industry

15/05/2017 - 09:32
The drought has and will continue to impact the agricultural sector as a whole, according to Roelf Pienaar, managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest marketer of South African apples and pears. read more
Rating opens doors for SME funding

Rating opens doors for SME funding

12/05/2017 - 16:05
The according of a BB(ZA) rating to Retail Capital, which provides working capital to businesses, will open up opportunities for increased funding to small business and job creation in the sector. read more
Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

11/05/2017 - 12:31
In 2014, the Cederberg Tree Nursery produced 100 000 citrus trees a year. Two years later, after its acquisition by ANB Investments, the nursery produces more than 550 000 citrus trees annually. read more
Lifting of drought may only provide temporary economic relief

Lifting of drought may only provide temporary economic relief

10/05/2017 - 13:21
The lifting of SA’s drought may only provide temporary relief for the economy with signs the weather will take a turn for the worse again by the end of the year. According to the Regional Economic Outlook released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday, the lifting of the drought and improved terms of trade are projected to drive SA’s growth to 0.8%, but political risks remain a concern. read more
Rob Davies launches the latest industrial action plan

Rob Davies launches the latest industrial action plan

10/05/2017 - 08:48
Radical economic transformation is about giving black people participation in industrial economy, says minister. read more
JSE firmer as Naspers shines and miners gain on rand

JSE firmer as Naspers shines and miners gain on rand

09/05/2017 - 12:10
The JSE opened firmer on Tuesday as the weaker rand boosted resources and mining stocks with an exposure to foreign markets. read more
How SA can experience its own economic revolution

How SA can experience its own economic revolution

08/05/2017 - 15:46
Cape Town - South Africa's economic junk status is a direct result of policy intransigence. Current government decisions appear to be based on a lack of consideration for the lessons of history. Economies are fragile. Persistent adverse policy-making breaks down an economy, reduces productive investment and economic activity and causes untold harm to citizens.  read more
Egg prices go up, other food stable

Egg prices go up, other food stable

08/05/2017 - 12:30
Durban - The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has warned consumers to brace themselves for an increase in the price of eggs for 2017. read more
Orange industry in big trouble

Orange industry in big trouble

03/05/2017 - 10:23
The orange industry is facing a “disaster”‚ with up to 40% of navels dropping off trees in the Eastern Cape.  read more
SA records trade balance surplus of R11.44bn for March

SA records trade balance surplus of R11.44bn for March

02/05/2017 - 13:11
SA recorded a trade surplus of R11.44bn for March, compared to a revised surplus of R4.79bn (from R5.22bn) in February, according to data released on Friday by the South African Revenue Service. read more
Manufacturing to drive inclusive growth

Manufacturing to drive inclusive growth

02/05/2017 - 09:01
Johannesburg – South Africa’s answer to achieving inclusive growth may lie in developing its manufacturing sector said an analyst. read more
Maize crop bodes well for food inflation

Maize crop bodes well for food inflation

26/04/2017 - 08:31
It will be a year of plenty for SA with expectations for a maize harvest 87% bigger than the 2016 crop. The bounty comes after crippling drought in 2016 resulted in the smallest summer harvest since 2007. read more
Critical price problem for SA wines

Critical price problem for SA wines

24/04/2017 - 15:16
Stellenbosch - Looking out at his 50-hectare estate in a valley nestled below the Helderberg mountains, winemaker Ken Forrester beams with pride in his achievements over 20 years in the business. read more
Brexit won’t interrupt SA-UK trade, says Davies

Brexit won’t interrupt SA-UK trade, says Davies

24/04/2017 - 14:11
The South African government plans to continue the trade and investment relationship with the United Kingdom (UK), following Brexit. read more
Producer inflation set to continue dropping

Producer inflation set to continue dropping

24/04/2017 - 08:56
Private-sector credit extension figures are expected to reflect the poor state of the consumer read more
Food and beverages inflation falls to lowest level in 14 months

Food and beverages inflation falls to lowest level in 14 months

20/04/2017 - 09:07
Annual food and beverages inflation fell to 8.7% year-on-year in March, but the good news may be short-lived as downgrades threaten agribusiness read more
Consumer inflation breather - for now

Consumer inflation breather - for now

19/04/2017 - 11:53
The annual consumer price inflation (CPI) reduced to 6.1% in March 2017 from 6.3% in February 2017, Statistics South Africa announced on Wednesday. read more
Retailers fall victim to time’s cruelty

Retailers fall victim to time’s cruelty

18/04/2017 - 09:18
Major retailers review their strategies to survive tough trading environment. read more
Challenged retail sector to be hit by downgrade

Challenged retail sector to be hit by downgrade

13/04/2017 - 15:42
South African retailers saw the weakest growth in seven years in 2016, mainly due to poor economic growth and recent political events may make it harder to achieve projected economic growth of 1.2%, research by EY revealed. read more
Consumers opt for bare necessities as SA heads for recession

Consumers opt for bare necessities as SA heads for recession

13/04/2017 - 10:33
Consumers may shift their spending away from luxuries and allocate it towards essentials as economic conditions worsen, says an analyst. read more
Zuma hails agri-parks as part of economic transformation

Zuma hails agri-parks as part of economic transformation

13/04/2017 - 09:42
President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday encouraged stakeholders in the agricultural sector to make a maximum contribution to economic growth and job creation among previously disadvantaged and economically excluded people. read more
Factory output falters in February

Factory output falters in February

12/04/2017 - 12:06
Six of the 10 manufacturing divisions reported negative growth rates over the three months to the end of February read more
Bulk exports increase by more than a quarter in the year to March

Bulk exports increase by more than a quarter in the year to March

11/04/2017 - 10:39
The Agricultural Business Chamber expects an 84% rise in the maize harvest in 2017 compared with 2016, leading to maize exports of about 3-million tonnes. read more
Downgrade means less investment but ‘not dramatically so’

Downgrade means less investment but ‘not dramatically so’

10/04/2017 - 14:08
It is not as if SA is suddenly going to go into a recession, economist Dawie Roodt says, despite sovereign credit rating downgrades. read more
SA's economy must change‚ says Gigaba

SA's economy must change‚ says Gigaba

10/04/2017 - 09:36
Call it radical or accelerated economic growth but it all boiled down to inclusive growth‚ new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said in Pretoria last week. read more
Buying local key to industrialising SA economy

Buying local key to industrialising SA economy

07/04/2017 - 14:21
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says buying local has never been more important as the country pushes to industrialise its economy. read more
SA’s sovereign credit rating downgraded to junk status

SA’s sovereign credit rating downgraded to junk status

04/04/2017 - 15:08
S&P says last week’s reshuffle poses a risk to fiscal policy. read more
Economists fear setback for stabilising manufacturing sector

Economists fear setback for stabilising manufacturing sector

04/04/2017 - 12:33
While the March figures are positive upheavals in the political environment may hurt. read more
SA records R5.22bn trade surplus for February

SA records R5.22bn trade surplus for February

03/04/2017 - 09:23
SA recorded a R5.22bn trade surplus in February after a revised deficit of R11.22bn in January, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) said on Friday. read more
Agricultural production is key driver in slowing food producer inflation

Agricultural production is key driver in slowing food producer inflation

31/03/2017 - 16:07
The broad recovery in agricultural production is the key driver of the slowing trend in food producer inflation, says the Agriculture Business Chamber (Agbiz), an organisation that represents commercial farmers and agribusiness enterprises nationally. read more
Consumer inflation slows as food prices moderate

Consumer inflation slows as food prices moderate

28/03/2017 - 14:34
February CPI inflation came in much as expected, though food inflation did not fall as far as some had expected. read more
Manufacturing sector confidence falls on policy uncertainty

Manufacturing sector confidence falls on policy uncertainty

28/03/2017 - 13:53
Policy uncertainty continues to affect the manufacturing sector, rattling business confidence. read more
Foreign investors perk up on prospects for SA

Foreign investors perk up on prospects for SA

28/03/2017 - 09:15
Merrill Lynch conference highlights positive shift among foreigners and local fund managers. read more
Agricultural products remain Western Cape’s dominant export

Agricultural products remain Western Cape’s dominant export

27/03/2017 - 14:03
Agricultural products remain the Western Cape’s dominant export commodity despite the challenges facing the sector, including the prevailing drought in the region. read more
Most nations fall well short of safe drinking water targets, Zuma reports

Most nations fall well short of safe drinking water targets, Zuma reports

22/03/2017 - 15:21
Only 147 countries have met the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals' drinking water targets - and only 95 have met the sanitation target while 77 have met both. read more
Plan to stave off water war in SA

Plan to stave off water war in SA

22/03/2017 - 09:55
Former World Bank vice president Ismail Serageldin famously predicted that "the wars of the 21st century will be fought over water".  read more
Food inflation to simmer down to single digits

Food inflation to simmer down to single digits

22/03/2017 - 09:50
SA’s unusually high food price inflation was expected to drop to single digits for the first time in a year, economists predict. read more
SA to start recycling wastewater

SA to start recycling wastewater

22/03/2017 - 09:06
PRETORIA - South Africa will be putting more resources towards recycling wastewater. read more
SA’s net equity outflows hit R31.7bn in 2017

SA’s net equity outflows hit R31.7bn in 2017

21/03/2017 - 19:52
Foreign investors sold nearly R600m worth of local shares on a net basis last week, bringing the tally of shares sold so far in 2017 to R31.7bn. read more
Emergency measures in place for water crisis – Cape Town

Emergency measures in place for water crisis – Cape Town

17/03/2017 - 12:54
Disaster planning is underway to ensure measures were in place for the possibility of an extended drought in Cape Town. read more
100 days of water left for Cape Town

100 days of water left for Cape Town

17/03/2017 - 08:37
Cape Town - The crown jewel of South Africa’s tourism industry, Cape Town has 100 days before it runs out of water. read more
Retail sales decline to record low since global financial crisis

Retail sales decline to record low since global financial crisis

16/03/2017 - 08:40
Johannesburg – Retail sales declined 2.3% in January 2017, according to data released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), this is the worst performance since 2009 read more
Rand threatened by looming Fed rate hike

Rand threatened by looming Fed rate hike

15/03/2017 - 09:09
Cape Town - The chief cause of the rand’s depreciation over the past week was anxiety over the upcoming Fed rate hike, said Overberg Asset Management (OAM) in its weekly overview of the SA economic landscape. read more
Mining data shows economy may be perking up

Mining data shows economy may be perking up

14/03/2017 - 16:10
SA’s economy appears to be perking up as the slowdown in mining eases. The rise in commodity prices due to an improvement in global demand led to a 1.3% year-on-year increase in mining production in January. read more
SA bulk exports surge by 18.6% in February to 14.9-million tonnes

SA bulk exports surge by 18.6% in February to 14.9-million tonnes

10/03/2017 - 11:17
SA's bulk export volumes surged by 18.6% year on year in February to 14.9-million tonnes after falling by 6.5% year on year in January to 13.5-million tonnes, following a 2.8% drop in 2016 to 163.3-million tonnes, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority showed on Wednesday.  read more
Agriculture sector on the mend after crippling drought

Agriculture sector on the mend after crippling drought

08/03/2017 - 09:12
Grain prices have steadily fallen since their record peak in the first quarter of 2016, supported by expectations of higher grain production and a stronger rand read more
JSE drifts lower amid US rate hike expectations

JSE drifts lower amid US rate hike expectations

06/03/2017 - 13:33
Johannesburg - The JSE drifted lower on Monday morning, among indications that new political uncertainties may unnerve global markets in the coming week. read more
Poultry association seeks import protection to save industry

Poultry association seeks import protection to save industry

03/03/2017 - 08:29
The poultry industry could create up to 50,000 direct and indirect jobs, including grain jobs if SA did not import chickens. read more
Maize prices take a tumble

Maize prices take a tumble

02/03/2017 - 11:01
Good rains and prospects for a bumper crop have seen South African maize prices fall to 2½-year lows and analysts say inflation should start slowing as a result in the third quarter of 2017.  read more
Inflation will drop, but consumers will sweat first

Inflation will drop, but consumers will sweat first

02/03/2017 - 08:51
Johannesburg – Inflation is expected to drop below 5% by midyear, but consumers will be facing a challenging first half of the year, said an economist. read more
 VAT: Adding more fuel to the fire for consumers

VAT: Adding more fuel to the fire for consumers

01/03/2017 - 08:44
As part of the 2017 Budget, Government has put forward a proposal for scrapping the zero-rating on fuel to expand the VAT base in 2018/2019. What does this mean for consumers? read more
SA among top borrowers in Africa in 2017

SA among top borrowers in Africa in 2017

28/02/2017 - 11:03
SA, Angola and Nigeria are set to issue most of the government commercial debt, at $35bn, or about 82% of the total borrowing for the subcontinent. read more
 UK economic momentum at risk as consumer confidence wanes

UK economic momentum at risk as consumer confidence wanes

28/02/2017 - 10:41
UK consumer confidence weakened this month as the pound’s slide, rising prices and weak pay growth began to weigh on the powerhouse of Britain’s economy. read more
Consumers to remain under pressure in 2017/2018 tax year, says Old Mutual

Consumers to remain under pressure in 2017/2018 tax year, says Old Mutual

24/02/2017 - 13:52
The 2017 National Budget Speech delivered by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan did little to bring relief to consumers’ pockets and reinforces the need for South Africans to keep their finances under control. It also underscores the urgent need for consumers to ensure they are making full use of the tax benefits of the various savings vehicles available to them, such as retirement funds, retirement annuities, and tax-free savings accounts. read more
Producer inflation comes in better than expected

Producer inflation comes in better than expected

24/02/2017 - 10:55
Food and fuel remain the key drivers of a higher overall PPI — and new taxes and levies could undermine the benevolent effects of an easing drought. read more
Trading kicks off on SA’s newest stock exchange

Trading kicks off on SA’s newest stock exchange

21/02/2017 - 09:43
Johannesburg - South Africa’s new stock exchange, ZAR X, kick-started trading on Monday with the listing of one the world’s largest white maize providers.  read more
JSE cheers collapsed Shoprite, Steinhoff merger

JSE cheers collapsed Shoprite, Steinhoff merger

20/02/2017 - 14:55
Johannesburg - News that the proposed merger between Steinhoff and Shoprite has collapsed gave the JSE a massive boost on Monday. read more
World stocks lose momentum after record-breaking week

World stocks lose momentum after record-breaking week

17/02/2017 - 14:45
Global stocks retreat from record highs as earnings buoy European equities and investors await substantive policy updates from Trump read more
Sugary tax is a 'smart tax', says UCT expert

Sugary tax is a 'smart tax', says UCT expert

17/02/2017 - 11:22
Cape Town – A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) is a smart instrument to reduce consumption, said Evan Blecher, from the University of Cape Town’s Economics of Tobacco Control Products.  read more
Building blocks of CPI tap into our evolving lifestyles

Building blocks of CPI tap into our evolving lifestyles

17/02/2017 - 09:35
The January inflation figure is based on a new updated product basket and weights. Patrick Kelly explores what this means. read more
Black Friday spending saves SA’s retail sales from disaster

Black Friday spending saves SA’s retail sales from disaster

16/02/2017 - 09:44
Weak retail sales match levels in 2009 when SA was in recession read more
Consumer inflation slows more than expected in January

Consumer inflation slows more than expected in January

15/02/2017 - 13:57
Inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), moderated to 6.6% in January from December’s 6.8%. read more
SA’s net equity outflows surpass R22bn in 2017

SA’s net equity outflows surpass R22bn in 2017

15/02/2017 - 10:30
SA’s net equity outflows are showing little sign of abating, with foreigners selling an additional R3bn last week, bringing the tally to R22bn since the beginning of the year. read more
Forget alien armyworms, Africa’s maize may face a bigger threat

Forget alien armyworms, Africa’s maize may face a bigger threat

15/02/2017 - 10:19
Pest control organisation warns that red locusts, which are 10 times worse than the caterpillars, must be stopped or there ‘will not be anything to harvest.' read more
SA’s bulk exports fall 6.5% year on year in January

SA’s bulk exports fall 6.5% year on year in January

14/02/2017 - 09:57
SA’s bulk export volumes fell 6.5% year on year in January to 13.5-million tonnes. There was also a fall of 2.8% for all of 2016 to 163.3-million tonnes, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed on Monday. read more
Robust rand brushes off Zuma's SONA

Robust rand brushes off Zuma's SONA

10/02/2017 - 12:07
Cape Town – The rand was on firmer footing on Friday morning, trading at R13.32/$ at around 11:00 after showing some jitters earlier on Thursday as violence marred President Jacob Zuma’s 2017 State of the Nation Address.  read more
Harare’s trade rules hurt SA exporters

Harare’s trade rules hurt SA exporters

07/02/2017 - 09:09
SA is losing out on potentially billions of rand in revenue as its exporters are forced to pay higher tariff duties to access the Zimbabwean market, while Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies struggles to resolve an import ban on South African products by that country. read more
Supporting the success of a home-grown South African Spaza economy

Supporting the success of a home-grown South African Spaza economy

06/02/2017 - 15:20
Since the mid-1970s and continuing into the present day, spaza shops have not only been the backbone of South Africa’s township economy, but they are the most visible and vivid scenery depicting the vibrancy of township life. They are symbols often illustrating the dichotomy in South Africa’s economy. These make-shift retail spaces in residences often stands in stark contrast with consumer landscapes of the formal economy such as malls. read more
FAO Food Price Index approaching two-year highs

FAO Food Price Index approaching two-year highs

06/02/2017 - 08:38
Led by sugar and cereals, while global markets remain well supplied, the FAO Food Price Index rose significantly in January - averaging 173.8, its highest value in almost two years, a 2.1 percent increase from its revised December value and 16.4 percent above its 2016 January level. While 2016 marked the fifth consecutive year the index has fallen, January marked its sixth monthly increase in a row. read more
SA economy can grow and avoid a water crisis

SA economy can grow and avoid a water crisis

03/02/2017 - 12:45
Cape Town – Various steps are required to ensure South Africa can sustainably consume water without the taps running dry, a scenario-planning expert recently explained. read more