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Farm and factory gate inflation slows slightly

Farm and factory gate inflation slows slightly

14/12/2018 - 09:00
Falling fruit and vegetable prices helped slow producer inflation in November. read more
Annual manufacturing growth in October beats expectations

Annual manufacturing growth in October beats expectations

11/12/2018 - 20:21
Production from SA’s factories was boosted considerably in October compared with the same month in 2017, Statistics SA reported. read more
Retail sector showing signs of revival

Retail sector showing signs of revival

10/12/2018 - 11:49
A study by the Bureau of Economic Research (BER) has shown that the retail sector showed signs of a revival in the last three months of the year after the sector ran into trouble in the third quarter of the year.  read more
Business confidence remains flat

Business confidence remains flat

06/12/2018 - 13:28
Business confidence remained flat in November. read more
SA grocery retailers hoping for a merry festive season

SA grocery retailers hoping for a merry festive season

06/12/2018 - 08:18
Grocery retailers have had a tough year, and like other retailers are hoping to see a boost in sales over the festive season. read more
SA out of recession with 2.2% GDP growth

SA out of recession with 2.2% GDP growth

05/12/2018 - 16:42
The SA economy has officially exited the recession after reporting 2.2% GDP growth for the third quarter of the year, Stats SA announced. read more
Agriculture confidence drops to lowest level in nine years

Agriculture confidence drops to lowest level in nine years

04/12/2018 - 13:19
Confidence in the agricultural sector has fallen to the lowest level in nine years on the back of uncertainty around land reform. read more
Green shoots for SA's manufacturing sector

Green shoots for SA's manufacturing sector

04/12/2018 - 10:04
As manufacturing looks set to boost GDP in the third quarter, a survey has showed that factory owners are more upbeat about the sector. read more
Rising imports push trade balance deficit to biggest in 10 months

Rising imports push trade balance deficit to biggest in 10 months

04/12/2018 - 08:07
As SA records its biggest trade deficit in 10 months, economists warn that trade tensions could keep the trade account in the negative for the next few months. read more
The signs are here that South Africa has reached its economic crossroad

The signs are here that South Africa has reached its economic crossroad

03/12/2018 - 11:37
While South Africa attempts to shore up its own economy amid high inflation rates and a stuttering inherited financial system, the continent as a whole continues to grow. The big question, though, is whether South Africa will get left behind in terms of international investment if it doesn’t improve its financial situation, and how to avoid this. read more
Illegal imports are damaging the South African economy

Illegal imports are damaging the South African economy

28/11/2018 - 08:08
While we have all seen the extent of public sector fraud and corruption, private sector corruption is just as damaging to the state and our economy.  read more
Business confidence falls in fourth quarter

Business confidence falls in fourth quarter

27/11/2018 - 15:56
The South African business community is gloomier in the quarter under way than it was in the previous one, according to a poll sponsored by RMB and done by Stellenbosch University's Bureau of Economic Research. read more
How will the interest rate hike impact SME owners?

How will the interest rate hike impact SME owners?

27/11/2018 - 10:41
Despite a strengthening rand and slight recovery of the oil price, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) announced that the repurchase (repo) rate will increase by 25 basis points to 6.75 percent, effective from 23 November 2018. This increase in interest rates – which pushes the prime lending rate up from 10 percent to 10.25 percent - is the first rates hike that South Africa has seen since March 2016.  read more
#BlackFriday: Wallet squeeze increases sensitivity to prices

#BlackFriday: Wallet squeeze increases sensitivity to prices

23/11/2018 - 10:21
Wallet squeeze has seen South African consumers growing increasingly sensitive to prices and promotions over the past several years.  read more
Inflation accelerates in October, as expected

Inflation accelerates in October, as expected

21/11/2018 - 11:01
Inflation accelerated slightly to 5.1% in October from 4.9% in September, matching the economists’ consensus.  read more
Global competitiveness: Sub-Saharan Africa still lags behind

Global competitiveness: Sub-Saharan Africa still lags behind

20/11/2018 - 08:16
The latest World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index (GCI) finds Sub-Saharan Africa to be the poorest performing region globally. The only apparent bright spot is Mauritius, among the top 50 countries in the world.  read more
Uptick in retail sales likely enough to end recession

Uptick in retail sales likely enough to end recession

16/11/2018 - 10:00
A meagre boost in the retail sector will likely see SA steer out of the recession. read more
SA loses R6-billion + in revenue to illicit alcohol trade

SA loses R6-billion + in revenue to illicit alcohol trade

15/11/2018 - 14:03
The South African economy suffered a fiscal loss of R6.4-billion (USD$492-million) in 2017 due to illicit alcohol activities, which generates an annual revenue of R12.9bn and goes unregulated.  read more
Retail sales growth half that forecast by economists

Retail sales growth half that forecast by economists

14/11/2018 - 14:09
Muted growth in the retail sector may be enough to help steer SA out of a recession. read more
SA’s economy: what could go right?

SA’s economy: what could go right?

14/11/2018 - 08:46
After the reality check provided by the medium-term budget as to the sorry state of the country’s public finances, and with rising jitters about global growth, it is hard to be optimistic about the prospects for SA’s economic recovery. read more
Massmart battles one of the worst retail environments yet in SA

Massmart battles one of the worst retail environments yet in SA

13/11/2018 - 14:10
Massmart, which is 51% owned by US giant Walmart, is battling one of the worst retail environments yet it has seen in SA, chair Kuseni Dlamini says.  read more
Opportunity and threat in Africa’s growing waste sector

Opportunity and threat in Africa’s growing waste sector

12/11/2018 - 16:34
South Africa faces both an opportunity and threat from the looming deluge of waste that will be generated on the continent. If recent projections prove to be correct, Africa’s municipal solid waste by 2025 will be nearly double the 2012 levels. read more
Western Cape agribusiness sector set for growth which will in turn boost tourism

Western Cape agribusiness sector set for growth which will in turn boost tourism

07/11/2018 - 08:46
The Western Cape’s agribusiness sector looks set for growth in the coming years with the province’s trade and investment promotion agency announcing that it has landed committed investments in the sector amounting to R756m.  read more
SA recorded a surprise trade deficit in September

SA recorded a surprise trade deficit in September

06/11/2018 - 10:22
SA recorded a shock trade deficit of R2.95bn in September — a far cry from analysts expectations of a surplus. read more
Land reform uncertainty stalls investment in agricultural industry

Land reform uncertainty stalls investment in agricultural industry

05/11/2018 - 09:58
Continuing uncertainties over the government’s expropriation without compensation land reform programme has stalled investments in the agricultural industry with farmers holding back on buying machinery in the past few months. read more
Sweet surprise for Treasury as sugar tax puts more than expected in the pot

Sweet surprise for Treasury as sugar tax puts more than expected in the pot

31/10/2018 - 09:05
The Treasury has generated more money than it anticipated from its new tax on sugary drinks, despite moves by some manufacturers to reformulate products to reduce their sugar content. read more
Why SA should have hiked VAT at 16%

Why SA should have hiked VAT at 16%

30/10/2018 - 09:11
The 2018 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) delivered by finance minister Tito Mboweni contained a clear picture of the past mistakes that will continue to haunt South Africa in the coming years. read more
Credit growth slows, but is better than expected

Credit growth slows, but is better than expected

29/10/2018 - 14:22
Money supply growth accelerated very slightly, while credit extended to consumers and business grew significantly faster than forecasts. read more
Sanitary pads, white bread flour to be added to VAT free items

Sanitary pads, white bread flour to be added to VAT free items

29/10/2018 - 08:15
FINANCE Minister Tito Mboweni says government proposes that come April 2019, three items, including sanitary pads, will be added to the zero-rated list. read more
SA retail sales jump as spending on consumer goods rises

SA retail sales jump as spending on consumer goods rises

19/10/2018 - 14:31
South Africa’s retail sales rose in August as household goods, clothing and cosmetics grew, data showed on Wednesday, with recovering consumer spending a sign the economy is climbing out of a recession that has piled pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa. read more
Retail sector shows a glimmer of growth

Retail sector shows a glimmer of growth

17/10/2018 - 13:32
Retailers surprised economists in August, with annual sales growth of 2.5% — far higher than the consensus 0.3%. read more
SA Citrus exports close in on 2 million tons

SA Citrus exports close in on 2 million tons

16/10/2018 - 15:07
Yet another important milestone has been reached by the South African citrus industry. According to Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers’ Association, citrus production has reached a record volume packed for export in 2018. read more
SA could face another VAT increase, say experts

SA could face another VAT increase, say experts

15/10/2018 - 15:16
Senior tax consultant Bernard Sacks told The Weekend Argus that while we will most likely have to wait until the annual budget is delivered in February to find out if a VAT increase is our fate, Tito Mboweni’s medium-term budget policy statement on October 24, his first as finance minister, may provide important clues as to what SA consumers will face next year. read more
Price of red meat expected to skyrocket due to drought

Price of red meat expected to skyrocket due to drought

15/10/2018 - 10:48
The sheep farming area of Beaufort West is suffering from extreme water shortages, and the government and agricultural experts have warned that the price of red meat is set to soar.  read more
SA consumers in tight corner as high prices, fuel hikes take their toll

SA consumers in tight corner as high prices, fuel hikes take their toll

15/10/2018 - 09:47
With more than 40% of South African consumers being technically over-indebted, the reality is that most of them are no longer able to make any further adjustments to their budgets, Neil Roets, CEO of Debt Rescue, told Fin24. read more
SA’s factories returning to health

SA’s factories returning to health

11/10/2018 - 14:19
South African manufacturing output grew 1.3% in August from the same month in 2017, a slowdown from July’s 2.8% but beating the economists’ consensus of 0.6%. read more
Record fuel prices to take painful toll on cash-strapped consumers, SMEs - CEO

Record fuel prices to take painful toll on cash-strapped consumers, SMEs - CEO

10/10/2018 - 09:32
The latest fuel price increase, the highest on record so far, will seriously affect already stretched household finances, according to Gwarega Mangozhe, CEO of the Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA). read more
SA in longest downward business cycle since 1945 - report

SA in longest downward business cycle since 1945 - report

09/10/2018 - 09:03
South Africa is in the longest downward business cycle since 1945, according to a report by the Centre for Risk Analysis (CRA) at the Institute of Race Relations (IRR). read more
Reducing the regulatory burden in SA

Reducing the regulatory burden in SA

08/10/2018 - 08:30
Proposed amendments to the Companies Act are meant to close loopholes and bring SA practice in line with broader trends. The reduction of regulatory burden is welcome, but some aspects are problematic. read more
SA’s economy could remain in the doldrums, survey shows

SA’s economy could remain in the doldrums, survey shows

05/10/2018 - 10:20
The Standard Bank PMI remained in contractionary territory for a third consecutive month. read more
Bleak manufacturing outlook as PMI keeps falling

Bleak manufacturing outlook as PMI keeps falling

02/10/2018 - 10:23
The poor PMI for September indicates that production in the manufacturing sector will be subdued. read more
Agricultural crime cost SA R7.7bn in 2017

Agricultural crime cost SA R7.7bn in 2017

01/10/2018 - 11:27
A report commissioned by agricultural industry body AgriSA found seven out of 10 commercial farmers experienced at least one incident in 2017. read more
Surprise trade surplus lifts SA’s outlook

Surprise trade surplus lifts SA’s outlook

01/10/2018 - 08:37
A surprise trade surplus in August bodes well for SA’s current account. read more
Producer inflation accelerates in August

Producer inflation accelerates in August

28/09/2018 - 09:37
Factory and farm gate inflation, as measured by the annual change in the producer price index (PPI), accelerated to 6.3% in August from 6.1% in July. read more
SA portfolio inflows plummet in second quarter, data shows

SA portfolio inflows plummet in second quarter, data shows

26/09/2018 - 08:36
Portfolio investments into the South African economy fell sharply in the second quarter, as investor risk-aversion towards emerging markets rises, Reserve Bank data showed. read more
Households spend less in second quarter as drop in disposable income bites hard

Households spend less in second quarter as drop in disposable income bites hard

25/09/2018 - 10:33
Households were under strain in the second quarter of 2018, a report from the SA Reserve Bank shows.  read more
With August's CPI lower than expected, a hike in interest rates will be a close call

With August's CPI lower than expected, a hike in interest rates will be a close call

19/09/2018 - 10:22
Consumer inflation surprised to the downside in August, lessening the likelihood of an interest-rate increase by the SA Reserve Bank. read more
Low business confidence bodes ill for SA

Low business confidence bodes ill for SA

18/09/2018 - 14:33
SA’s battered economy will come under further strain as business confidence reached its lowest level in a year. read more
Retail trade sales up by 1.3% as appliances, clothing show growth - Stats SA

Retail trade sales up by 1.3% as appliances, clothing show growth - Stats SA

12/09/2018 - 16:25
Retail trade sales for July grew by 1.3% year-on-year in real terms - with appliances and clothing indicating significant growth, Stats SA. read more
Manufacturing sector shows good growth in the third quarter

Manufacturing sector shows good growth in the third quarter

12/09/2018 - 08:45
The manufacturing sector kicked off the third quarter with strong growth. read more
Storm clouds gathering for SA consumers, economists warn

Storm clouds gathering for SA consumers, economists warn

11/09/2018 - 09:06
Storm clouds are gathering and are about to burst for consumers, economists warned, after poor GDP data released this week confirmed that South Africa was in a technical recession. read more
Confidence in agribusiness falls to two-year low, on uncertainty over land

Confidence in agribusiness falls to two-year low, on uncertainty over land

11/09/2018 - 08:16
An index tracking confidence in the agriculture industry declined to the lowest level in two years as the governing party presses ahead with plans to change the constitution to expropriate land without compensation. read more
Drought, not policy uncertainty, blamed for agriculture crash

Drought, not policy uncertainty, blamed for agriculture crash

10/09/2018 - 10:56
The alarming agriculture figures that dragged SA into recession were not the result of policy uncertainty about land reform. read more
SA retailers taking heavy strain

SA retailers taking heavy strain

05/09/2018 - 10:14
South African retailers across the board are taking strain, with consumers under pressure due to an unprecedented VAT increases and record fuel prices. read more
SA agriculture economy enters recession

SA agriculture economy enters recession

05/09/2018 - 08:44
After contracting by 33,6% quarter over quarter (q/q) in the first quarter of this year, the South African agricultural economy entered technical recession in the second quarter following a further 29,2% q/q contraction. read more
Grim factory activity weighs on economy

Grim factory activity weighs on economy

04/09/2018 - 11:17
The purchasing managers’ index for August plunged more than eight points, deep into contraction territory. read more
SA records shock trade deficit for July

SA records shock trade deficit for July

31/08/2018 - 14:28
SA recorded a shock trade deficit of R4.66bn in July, falling well short of analysts’ expectations. read more
Private sector credit growth hits a soft patch in July

Private sector credit growth hits a soft patch in July

30/08/2018 - 09:24
Growth in credit granted to the private sector slowed in July, undershooting market expectations. read more
Counterfeit goods threaten SA economy

Counterfeit goods threaten SA economy

27/08/2018 - 15:13
South Africa needs to stand up and fight the problem of counterfeit goods as it has the potential to destroy the economy and lead to unemployment in the country, Paul Ramara, a partner at Spoor & Fisher has warned.  read more
Financial inclusion and support key to unlocking the power of entrepreneurship in Africa

Financial inclusion and support key to unlocking the power of entrepreneurship in Africa

23/08/2018 - 10:43
Driving financial inclusion amongst entrepreneurs and small business owners in Africa will ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge to transform their businesses into productive and sustainable contributors to the continent’s economy.  read more
Consumer inflation rises slightly faster than expected, led by fuel

Consumer inflation rises slightly faster than expected, led by fuel

23/08/2018 - 09:42
Inflation accelerated to a 10-month high of 5.1% in July from 4.6% in June, coming in slightly higher than economists anticipated. read more
South Africans changing spending habits due to financial pressure, index shows

South Africans changing spending habits due to financial pressure, index shows

22/08/2018 - 09:22
South Africans are under financial pressure and have adjusted their spending behaviour to weather the economic headwinds, according to Shergeran Naidoo, head of stakeholder relations at BankservAfrica. read more
Superfruits can help save SA economy

Superfruits can help save SA economy

21/08/2018 - 08:54
While South Africa was creating jobs and achieving some economic growth, these processes were not happening fast enough to keep up with the rate at which the population was growing and people were entering the job market. read more
Wholesale trade sales shrank in real terms in June compared to 2017

Wholesale trade sales shrank in real terms in June compared to 2017

17/08/2018 - 09:56
Wholesale trade sales shrank in real, inflation-adjusted terms in June compared with a year earlier and eked out a 0.1% gain for the quarter. read more
June’s retail growth just a third of that expected, raising recession risk

June’s retail growth just a third of that expected, raising recession risk

16/08/2018 - 09:26
June’s retail sales growth was only a third of what economists expected, raising the risk that SA entered a technical recession in the second quarter.  read more
Treasury’s possible challenges following the VAT Panel report

Treasury’s possible challenges following the VAT Panel report

14/08/2018 - 10:57
The recommendations put forward by the review panel on the zero-rating of certain items for Value-Added Tax (VAT), may be challenging for Treasury to enforce.  read more
Food crisis is much bigger than simply tinkering with zero-rating VAT

Food crisis is much bigger than simply tinkering with zero-rating VAT

13/08/2018 - 13:54
The government should stop tinkering with zero-rating of the VAT system and rather focus its efforts on regulating food prices and increasing wages and social grants, according to Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group founder Julie Smith.  read more
#WomensMonth: Brands should add to working moms' sense of well-being rather than contribute to their anxiety

#WomensMonth: Brands should add to working moms' sense of well-being rather than contribute to their anxiety

08/08/2018 - 10:16
With unemployment rising in South Africa and slow economic growth, our country’s households are under enormous pressure. The working moms who form the backbone of the nation are taking strain as they seek to manage the needs of their households and the demands of their jobs. read more
Manufacturing sector concerned about its future

Manufacturing sector concerned about its future

03/08/2018 - 14:20
For the first time in 11 months, the subindex tracking expected business conditions in six months’ time dropped to below 50. read more
Food and grocery price increases in South Africa: 2017 vs 2018

Food and grocery price increases in South Africa: 2017 vs 2018

03/08/2018 - 10:15
Annual food inflation has continued to slow despite April’s rise in value-added tax (VAT), and some food items are actually cheaper than they were a year ago. read more
Trade surplus in June surprises at more than double the forecasts

Trade surplus in June surprises at more than double the forecasts

03/08/2018 - 09:19
SA recorded a substantial surplus of R12bn in June, beating market expectations. This follows May’s surplus of R3.5bn, which was revised upwards by R0.33bn. read more
Millennials, GenZ 'reshaping' growing luxury retail market

Millennials, GenZ 'reshaping' growing luxury retail market

02/08/2018 - 11:02
Growth in sales of luxury goods is currently being driven by millennials and Generation Z - and their expectations are reshaping the future of the industry, according to a new report by Deloitte. read more
Credit growth springs a positive surprise

Credit growth springs a positive surprise

31/07/2018 - 09:50
Growth in credit granted to the private sector accelerated more than expected in June, an encouraging sign from a market that has been relatively subdued since the start of 2018. read more
Consecutive fuel hikes push June inflation to 5.9%

Consecutive fuel hikes push June inflation to 5.9%

27/07/2018 - 08:39
The unexpectedly large surge in producer price inflation to almost 6% in June, mainly as a result of fuel price pressures, bodes ill for SA’s inflation trajectory and interest rate outlook. read more
Lemons add a silver lining to SA citrus season

Lemons add a silver lining to SA citrus season

26/07/2018 - 09:36
Lemons are the only silver lining to a season in which other citrus products from South Africa have had a hard time of it in a full European summer market, says Snyman Kritzinger, managing director of Grown4U in Kirkwood, Sundays River Valley.  read more
China to invest nearly $15bn in SA

China to invest nearly $15bn in SA

24/07/2018 - 13:53
China will invest $14.7bn in SA, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday, after talks between the two countries. read more
Wholesaler sales lift in May after two months of contraction

Wholesaler sales lift in May after two months of contraction

23/07/2018 - 13:49
Wholesalers sold R168.5bn worth of goods in May, double the R84.7bn sold by retailers, Statistics SA says. read more
Inflation is contained and an interest rate rise is unlikely, say analysts

Inflation is contained and an interest rate rise is unlikely, say analysts

19/07/2018 - 10:13
The Reserve Bank could take a more hawkish stance, though, as a weakening currency puts upward pressure on inflation. read more
Consumer inflation accelerates as fuel prices bite

Consumer inflation accelerates as fuel prices bite

18/07/2018 - 10:15
The 4.6% increase in CPI was a little better than expected — possibly thanks to zero inflation in food prices.  read more
SA factories do better than expected in May

SA factories do better than expected in May

12/07/2018 - 13:47
SA’s manufacturing output grew 2.3% in May from the same month in 2017, contradicting a drop predicted by the Absa purchasing managers index (PMI). read more
Unlocking export markets for SA’s vegetable industry

Unlocking export markets for SA’s vegetable industry

12/07/2018 - 07:59
Global opportunities are opening up for South African vegetable producers and exporters with the emergence of new markets in some Asian and African countries. This is due to an increase in middle-income earners, says Ezra Steenkamp, deputy director of international trade research at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. read more
Trade wars turn up the heat on local consumers

Trade wars turn up the heat on local consumers

11/07/2018 - 09:24
South African consumers face more pain from potential global trade wars and fuel increases, global payments company Mastercard said in a statement. read more
Technology offers retailers respite in shrinking economy

Technology offers retailers respite in shrinking economy

06/07/2018 - 14:18
As business confidence in South Africa plummeted six points in June on the back of disappointing gross domestic product figures for the first quarter, South African retailers battle to achieve profitability, compounded by a PwC survey that names South Africa as the country with the highest rate of economic crime in the world. read more
Illicit tobacco sales will cost SA R7bn this year, says Tisa

Illicit tobacco sales will cost SA R7bn this year, says Tisa

06/07/2018 - 13:21
Tobacco Institute report claims suspended SARS commissioner Tom Moyane turned a blind eye to the illicit cigarette industry. read more
U.S. whisky imports to South Africa surge

U.S. whisky imports to South Africa surge

05/07/2018 - 10:39
US whisky imports to the country grew to over US$10m last year. The imports surged by more than 17 percent in 2016, from US$8.9m to over US$10.5m in 2017. read more
Fuel price hike: Consumers brace for higher food, transport costs

Fuel price hike: Consumers brace for higher food, transport costs

04/07/2018 - 11:20
Consumers will be faced with higher travelling costs and the possibility of food price inflation as a result of the fuel price hikes which came into effect at midnight on Tuesday, economists have warned. read more
SA economy needs a common narrative and simpler policies, says PIC researcher

SA economy needs a common narrative and simpler policies, says PIC researcher

04/07/2018 - 10:15
South Africa needs to crystallise whatever edge it has in competition with other emerging markets in the world, according to Mohammed Nalla, head of economic research at the Public Investment Corporation. read more
Factory inflation rises in May from April’s figure

Factory inflation rises in May from April’s figure

28/06/2018 - 14:53
Producer inflation accelerated slightly to 4.6% in May from 4.4% in April, Statistics SA reported. By contrast, consumer inflation slowed to 4.4% in May from 4.5% in April. read more
SA’s maize crop set to be 2% higher than previous estimate

SA’s maize crop set to be 2% higher than previous estimate

28/06/2018 - 10:21
Farmers will likely harvest 13.2-million tonnes of maize this year, which is 2% higher than the previous estimate, released in May. read more
Surprise dip in inflation offers relief to consumers

Surprise dip in inflation offers relief to consumers

22/06/2018 - 08:49
Inflation is hitting the rich hardest, Stats SA's figures show.  read more
Higher taxes take a toll as retail index slumps to a three-month low

Higher taxes take a toll as retail index slumps to a three-month low

21/06/2018 - 08:53
The JSE’s general retail index, which includes the likes of Woolworths and Mr Price, has posted its worst rolling three-month period since the end of 2013, as depressed consumer confidence and a brewing US-China trade war ruin projections of a significant uptick in consumer spending. read more
Township retail and shopping centre market growing at a rapid pace

Township retail and shopping centre market growing at a rapid pace

20/06/2018 - 10:40
Despite a challenging economy and disruptions, townships have become hubs for big development in retail and brands. read more
Construction index reflects big downturn in building materials sales

Construction index reflects big downturn in building materials sales

20/06/2018 - 09:36
The Afrimat Construction Index for the first quarter of 2018 shows a large downturn year on year as SA’s mining and construction industries remain mired in negative territory.  read more
Fitch retains its junk rating for SA

Fitch retains its junk rating for SA

19/06/2018 - 10:25
The agency warns financial challenges at state-owned enterprises remain substantial and government debt has yet to stabilise. read more
Wholesale trade drops as fuel levies and VAT increase take effect

Wholesale trade drops as fuel levies and VAT increase take effect

15/06/2018 - 10:22
April’s wholesale trade declined 2.6% from the same month in 2017, Statistics SA reported. read more
Maize harvest activity gaining momentum in SA

Maize harvest activity gaining momentum in SA

14/06/2018 - 11:38
Harvest activity is gaining momentum across South Africa, thanks to favourable weather conditions.  read more
Shock April retail sales crash after VAT increase

Shock April retail sales crash after VAT increase

13/06/2018 - 15:48
April’s increase in VAT and fuel prices knocked retail sales growth down to a ninth of the 4.5% expected by economists. read more
Why the weaker SA economy may be good for local investors

Why the weaker SA economy may be good for local investors

13/06/2018 - 10:55
With confirmation that local GDP declined by 2.2% in the first quarter on the year, followed by a major dip in the rand, doubts have been cast over South Africa’s so-called ‘Ramaphoria’. read more
Local processed meat demand down 75% due to listeriosis

Local processed meat demand down 75% due to listeriosis

13/06/2018 - 09:43
The Department of Trade and Industry has said preliminary research shows that the pork industry has been the hardest hit following an outbreak of listeriosis. read more
SA economy is in for a rough ride

SA economy is in for a rough ride

13/06/2018 - 08:46
The rand exchange rate crashed last week and local bond yields grew more expensive as news of an economic contraction triggered a negative investor sentiment and views on the local economy.  read more