Gordhan straddles a tightrope of reducing the budget deficit while needing to spend on growth.
Those who come to power need to govern in the interests of all, taking into account the needs of minorities.
How South Africa stacks up against Brics, Africa and the US determines its fiscal impetus.
Warnings were sounded for months, but now the prospect of stagflation is a real concern.
South African credit growth has accelerated for the first time this year to 9.1% in April.
South Africa may miss its economic growth target this year, curbing tax revenue and leading to bigger-than-planned budget deficit.
Stock markets, which have been pushing to record levels as central banks flooded the world with cash, stumbled last week.
Growth figures from Europe and Japan will dominate this week's data calendar. Here is your guide to the week ahead.
Africa's growth might help to reassure sceptics who were concerned about the sustainability of the continent's dependence on mining.
A slew of data from China and central bank decisions in the UK, Australia and Kenya will likely dominate this week's economic news.
It may not be immediately obvious, but South Africa's burgeoning black middle class is the country's largest driver of growth.
The black middle class has grown from strength to strength and, as a result of doubling in size in the past decade, it has made its mark on sectors.
Granted, the island country has made good use of the aid it received, but its economic position now is akin to that of Spain.
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New economic research by ETM Analytics has put South Africa in some dangerous company.
Figures released by Statistics South Africa this week revealed a mixed bag for the South African economy.
Some of the policy proposals to be debated by the ANC at its leadership conference in Mangaung have been discussed publicly.
All the gushing about growth largely ignores the continent's political risks and challenges, says Dianna Games.
South Africans are pouring into Ghana, the world's fastest-growing economy, with a growth rate of 14.4% last year.