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Nine steps to exit low-growth  trap and ignite the economy
Nine steps to exit low-growth  trap and ignite the economy
What would be the principal elements of an economic strategy that would substantially transform livelihoods and household opportunities in South...
Eish, robot: Automation is eating jobs
Eish, robot: Automation is eating jobs
With two-thirds of its jobs at risk of replacement by robots, the South African economy is shifting towards services. But some say this deindustrialisation is premature: an economy trying to run before it can walk....
Banks ‘can resist’ market shock
Banks ‘can resist’ market shock
The threat of further credit ratings downgrades and the risk that billions of rands may leave South Africa has thrown a light on the Public...
No ‘investment strike’ — Kganyago
No ‘investment strike’ — Kganyago
Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago has dismissed assertions that South African companies have gone on an “investment strike” amid deteriorating trust in the relationship between business and the government....
No place in the sun for BEE funds
No place in the sun for BEE funds
Most people buy into the idea that a more inclusive economy is one that is stable, better geared for growth and yields more wealth. But when did...
Where agrarian reform is working
Where agrarian reform is working
Growing the agriculture sector can reduce poverty, create economic opportunities in rural and peri-urban areas and boost employment, particularly...
Diamonds are not forever
Diamonds are not forever
Diamond industry experts have been talking about “peak diamonds” for decades. But, unless there is a major reserve discovery, the end of the...
‘Junk’ SA will hurt its neighbours
‘Junk’ SA will hurt its neighbours
South Africa is not the only country that will take a beating if its credit ratings slip deeper into junk territory.
Wealth taxes mooted to zap inequality
Wealth taxes mooted to zap inequality
The committee reviewing the country’s tax system has called for submissions on possible forms of wealth tax, despite the tax revenue already...
There's more to a stronger rand than government will admit
There's more to a stronger rand than government will admit
This week, the government tweeted rather proudly that the rand had strengthened to R12.80 to the dollar, intimating that the positive move was a...
Bill will short-change land reform
Bill will short-change land reform
Land reform in South Africa is not a “nice to have”; it is a fundamental constitutional right that aims to bring about restorative justice and...
Mid-income SA scores on housing
Mid-income SA scores on housing
Housing in Hong Kong is among the most expensive in the world and prospective first-time homeowners have given up on any aspirations of acquiring a...
Limping economy faces uphill
Limping economy faces uphill
If South Africa staves off a technical recession in the coming months, it will be a result of events unrelated to the country’s domestic political...
Red tape puts brakes on fracking
Red tape puts brakes on fracking
Oil and gas industry executives and environmentalists were all aflutter when Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane recently delivered a speech...

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