Tshegofatso Mathe

Tshegofatso Mathe is a financial trainee journalist at the Mail & Guardian.

Jobs at stake as financial losses hit ArcelorMittal

South Africa’s steel producer’s earnings dropped in the first quarter of 2020 because of low demand and a lacklustre economy, exacerbated by the Covid-19 lockdown

Sewage still flows into ‘Poo Lake’

Despite Ekurhuleni spending R2.8-million on a sewer line to prevent further damage to a pump station, raw waste has contaminated a wetland

The glass is half empty

The ban on alcohol sales does not only affect liquor companies — it ripples lethally through other related businesses such as the bottle and packaging industry, which, if it closed, would mean job losses

Repo rate falls to 3.5% — its lowest since 1998

Repo rate drops to 3.5% as Reserve Bank predicts a 7.3% contraction in South Africa’s GDP

The government is ‘not afraid of the taxi industry’ — Fikile Mbalula

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula says that the decision to allow taxis to operate at full capacity is driven by ‘rationale’, not fear

Hard hit restaurants can’t plate up

Restaurateurs have only been able to survive the Covid-19 restrictions by closing their doors — it’s just too expensive to serve guests on the premises

Black Lives Matter: The South African economy’s unfinished business

Tshegofatso Mathe spoke to people in the South African business world about structural racism in our economy, and what must be done to overcome it

Jury’s out on green recovery

Public-private partnerships and big infrastructure builds have been suggested as ways to boost South Africa’s flagging economy. Another option to consider is green bonds, which would also help achieve climate crisis goals

‘Don’t be afraid of fresh ideas’

The finance minister has found money for the Covid crisis, but the cupboard is bare and he warns that a fiscal crisis is possible in 2024

SA’s economy expected to contract by 7.2% in 2020

The economy is in a depressed state, and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has called for cautious use of the country’s finances to avert plunging into a sovereign debt crisis

Mboweni to further tighten the belt in his budget

The finance minister will cut departments’ allocations according to their cloth as one measure, and savings will have been made from underspend during the lockdown

The demise of the chequebook

The use of cheques has fallen about 80% in the past decade as consumer habits shift and digital payments continue to gain traction

Press Releases

Debt management amid Covid-19 and beyond

This webinar on Debt Management, sponsored by Debt Rescue, had its experts share a practical approach to debt management amid this crisis and beyond

NSTF-South32 Awards

All of the awards are made for outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa

The benefits of being a GEMS member

The scheme offers comprehensive and affordable healthcare options to all public service employees and greater access to better healthcare

The evolution of South Africa’s savings culture

A common misconception is that you need a lot of money to start saving, but this is simply not true – you can start with R50

Tobacco producers welcome new research confirming that cigarette ban has failed

Every day that goes by shows the importance of getting rid of this ban and going back to producing and selling cigarettes as we were before

Cost increases sharing of cigarettes

Many people are questioning whether the ban on tobacco in South Africa is not in fact having the opposite effect of that intended

How to tell if you have a hidden contact centre in your business

The important thing to remember is that a contact centre is defined less by the physical space it occupies and more by the customer experience it delivers

Accessing health and justice in a time of Covid-19

The similarities between the HIV epidemic and the Covid-19 pandemic are hard to ignore – the most obvious is the level of premature deaths caused by both

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