Matt Quigley writes the weekly economic preview for the Mail & Guardian. His blog on the South African economy can be found at www.thoughtleader.co.za/mattquigley
Over the coming days, South Africa will release unemployment, money supply, credit extension and trade figures.
The IMF will update its global economic outlook this week, while investors look at a rates decision in Nigeria and inflation numbers in South Africa.
Investors and economists will be eager to hear if the South African Reserve Bank will keep the repo rate on hold at 5.5% on Thursday.
South Africa's latest mining and manufacturing data are the highlights of an otherwise light domestic economic calendar this week.
All eyes will be on China's PMI and a European Central Bank meeting while awaiting updates on SA's trade and African countries' inflation numbers.
The platinum strike's final kick and data releases from the US and Europe will head this week's economic news.
President Jacob Zuma will give his State of the Nation address this week, while elsewhere investors will focus on eurozone inflation updates.
SA's new mining minister will sit down with company and union officials in a last-ditch attempt to end the platinum sector's long-running strike.
As policymakers announce rate decisions across Africa, SA's Reserve Bank will release its June Monetary Policy Review.
Here is your guide to the data releases, central bank meetings and other events likely to drive markets in the week ahead.