Its answer to the national deficit and social spending appears to be all rands and no sense.
Public anger is rising over ludicrous parastatal management salaries, but analysts say the headlines are diverting attention from a failing economy.
The start of talks between representatives of the union, Amplats, Implats and Lonmin and the weaker rand have futher undermined investor confidence.
South African Reserve Bank and US Federal Reserve policy meetings is foreseen to dominate the week, although neither is expected to change rates.
Financial crises come round every seven years or so – if history is a guide, the next crisis should come along some time soon.
The month on month decline in the leading economic indictor means the economy will be hard-pressed for the first half of 2014.
As the World Economic Forum starts in Davos, a development charity claims that growing inequality has been driven by a "power grab" by wealthy elites.
Following the Central Bank of Nigeria's announcement of its rates decision, investors will turn their attention to SA's latest inflation figures.
The informal sector has risen to the unemployment challenge, creating over 12 000 of the 24 000 new jobs added in November and December 2013.
This week's retail sales snapshot is likely to be a disappointment to pressurised SA consumers but some good news is expected for global markets.
As another year gets into full swing, the latest manufacturing numbers from SA and US employment figures will keep economist and investors busy.
This is the least confident I have been that the ANC will do the right thing, writes political analyst Nic Borain.
With most global markets expected to end 2013 on a high note, various economies and investors across the globe are increasingly optimistic about 2014.
Not only did Nelson Mandela set our democracy in motion, but he created a positive business climate that reinvigorated foreign investment in SA.
South Africa's GDP growth has been only 0.7% in the third quarter of 2013, the slowest pace in more than four years.
South Africa's economy is slowing following strikes in the motor industry, according to the BankservAfrica Economic Transaction Index.
Change can be a positive force for South Africa and its economy as the 57th Annual IPM Convention proved to thought leaders across this industry.
There is no common and coherent view in the government's three major economic policies, says the Centre for Development and Enterprise.
Economic and environmental challenges demand that the built industry plan for the future, and today it is doing just that.
Lack of quality public transport services impacts on the city's economic competitiveness.