The rout in commodity markets comes on top of major policy and global uncertainties.
Governments put several millions into projects such as the Square Kilometre Array and they expect "the same coming back to their national industries".
Intervention in the market rout leaves the country's commitment to economic reform in question.
Developing nations left behind as OECD countries continue to dominate the global tax agenda called for a UN body on intergovernmental tax to no avail.
But bids to limit the damaging effect of the liquor industry are meeting spirited resistance.
There should be few exemptions, and complexity and compliance costs must be considered.
The planned 6 000 job cuts include contractors and staff who took voluntary redundancy packages offered in May.
Farmers have responded to state efforts to legislate labour relations by leaving the sector or mechanising and restructuring their workforces.
An increase in illegal occupations of buildings is hampering inner city rejuvenation in Johannesburg.
South Africa has raised its benchmark rate as inflation threatens to exceed the central bank's target.
South African policy makers may decide that the time for talking is over, as they meet to decide on the first increase in borrowing costs in a year.
Though gold is still South Africa’s top export, it has slipped from being the world’s biggest producer in 2006 and is now in sixth position.
Falling prices and a global oversupply could trigger import tariffs to protect local producers.
As much of half of the annual income of some municipalities comes from the sale of electricity. But others don't sell any power at all.
Local retailers are having to compete with international firms as new malls open, but adding floor space to secure a position isn't always profitable.
About 95 countries are either in a debt crisis or facing one, but South Africa isn't one of them.
Big industry continues to reject government proposals on climate change policy, including the introduction of a carbon tax and emissions limits.
The size of BHP Billiton's $2.8bn write-down for its US shale assets took some banks by surprise - at least two thought it was too small.
The nonbank sector is an alternative source of credit and should not be overregulated.
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