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Tito’s budget tries to boost economic growth and arrest debt

Government spending has reached a record 41.7% of GDP, and the budget deficit has widened from 5.7% in 2019 to an estimated 14%

Amid the pandemic, green bonds are becoming trendy

The Development Bank of Southern Africa plans to use the booming market to finance its climate projects and invest in infrastructure

Small business owners closing shop and feeling the financial squeeze

The hopes and dreams of many entrepreneurs have been dashed. We track some of the owners of SMMEs, who talk of losing everything they worked for

Health experts call for a 20% hike in sugar tax

The levy has generated R5.4-billion in revenue since its inception two years ago, and an increase will help the fight against Covid-19

Money mistakes cause vicious debt cycle

People earning up to R20 000 spend 60% of their salaries paying off arrears, a recent report reveals

Eskom will push up the price of electricity, even though its sales have been dwindling

The law of demand says that the higher the price of a good is, the less people will demand it. But Eskom, sales of electricity have been dropping, yet the utility wants consumers to even pay more for its good

‘Localisation, localisation, localisation’: Ramaphosa delivers a business-friendly Sona

The president’s focus is on fixing the economy — infrastructure build and local manufacturing are two priority areas

R350 a month: Inside the lives of special grant recipients

The Covid-19 relief grant helped millions of South Africans, but it ended in January. The M&G spoke to unemployed youth who found the money helpful

Streaming killed the Musica star

The rise of music platforms such as Spotify spelled the end for the last music chain store standing, but music enthusiasts say vinyl isn’t dead yet

Mining industry calls for investment during Indaba

Despite the depressed economic environment, the mining industry contributed billions of rands to the economy last year, and can continue to do so if it focuses on environmental, social and governance issues

Shonisani Lethole died due to negligence, ombud finds

Staff at Tembisa Hospital did not do their job in caring for the businessman, the health ombudsman finds, and orders an investigation

Eastern Cape citizens don’t have to visit the labour department for UIF

This measure, aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19, may shortly be introduced in other regions.

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