Labour unrest that has taken new and more challenging forms is compounding the effects of slumping commodity prices.
Retail-sales growth has slowed in March from a year earlier as inflation has remained close to the top of the central bank's target.
New weightings show that oil and electricity will continue to dictate the inflation trajectory.
Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate eased to 2.91% in December, down from 2.99% the previous month due to reduced food and clothing costs.
A data deluge in the US, growth figures for China and Germany, and inflation data from the eurozone are the highlights on the economic data calendar.
A higher gold price is unlikely to offset the effects of cautious American consumers and a weaker rand.
New economic research by ETM Analytics has put South Africa in some dangerous company.
Angola is on track to reach its target of slowing consumer inflation to 10% from 11.38% in 2011 thanks to monetary policy focused on price stability.
Consumer inflation has slowed to within the reserve bank's 3% to 6% target range in May, raising expectations of an interest-rate cut this year.
Indonesia's parliament voted on Saturday to give the government authority to raise subsidised fuel prices under certain conditions.
Inflation in the eurozone has slowed in March but not by as much as expected due to rising oil prices and the European Central Bank's reviving growth.
Tanzania expects its inflation rate to fall to single digits by June from 19.2% it was at in November, also hoping for 7% economic growth.
The Producer Price Index lowers the trajectory for inflation expectations on the production side and early next year could see single digits.
Inflation figures came in higher than expected as businesses -- and consumers -- face a potential spate of government-controlled price increases.
Increases in inflation and retail sales figures point to a steadily recovering consumer, which bodes well for the South African economy.
The Reserve Bank kept interest rates steady on Thursday, after a sharp overnight depreciation of the rand and amid darkening expectations.
While the Reserve Bank has left the repo rate unchanged at 5.5%, economists warn that inflation will further pressurise the country's economy.
In line with market expectations, Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus says the repo rate will stay at 5.5%, its lowest level in 30 years.
Labour protests sweeping South Africa are stoking worries about inflation and dealing blows to the long-term prospects of the country's economy.
Gareth Stokes asked some of the country's top investment professionals about strategies to protect wealth.