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Budget wrap: Gordhan ups social spending and squeezes the rich
Budget wrap: Gordhan ups social spending and squeezes the rich
Despite trying circumstances, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on Wednesday that the budget introduces new tax...
What will it take for Africa to industrialise?
What will it take for Africa to industrialise?
There is a shared sense that international trade has a strong potential to contribute to growth and poverty reduction. There are several examples...
Gordhan is negotiating a minefield
Gordhan is negotiating a minefield
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech next week will see him managing tight economic constraints and even tighter political ones....
Eskom board in the firing line
Eskom board in the firing line
The revelation of a report by the law firm Dentons into the problems at Eskom in recent years has raised serious questions about the entity’s...
​Love drives up prices at Africa’s only flower auction
​Love drives up prices at Africa’s only flower auction
A Friday at the Multiflora flower market in Johannesburg is not typically...
Panic adds urgency to ANC rhetoric
Panic adds urgency to ANC rhetoric
ANALYSISThe ANC has urged that the State of the Nation address should endorse the 12 urgent tasks identified by the movement but critics say...
Mr Mayor – keep your promise
Mr Mayor – keep your promise
It was in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup that Engen proposed sinking R14-million into upgrading a petrol station just off the main road in...
Can Eskom woo the big spenders?
Can Eskom woo the big spenders?
ANALYSISRemember the bad old days when the power supply was so tight that the mines were asked to halt production?
Much ado about responsible mining in Africa yields few results
Much ado about responsible mining in Africa yields few results
DEVELOPMENTThe African Mining Vision was adopted in 2009 by the African Union and developed by the Economic Commission for Africa. In the...
​Airbnb shakes up the rental space
​Airbnb shakes up the rental space
I know a guy. Let’s call him Joe. He owns a small bachelor flat in Cape Town. His tenant’s lease is up in a few months’ time and he is...
Big Food raises a big question
Big Food raises a big question
In South Africa’s food value chain, oligopolies exist in almost every link. From seed to store, just a handful of players control much of each...
​Commodities back from the dead
​Commodities back from the dead
For the past two-and-a-half years, calling the bottom of the commodities price cycle was taboo. Depressed prices and unusual market conditions saw...
Bitter exchanges sour sweet talk
Bitter exchanges sour sweet talk
On the way to work on Monday, I turned around to find my two-year-old sucking happily on a discarded sugar sachet, with another clutched tightly in...
How to survive your Kuga
How to survive your Kuga
Jokes about the fire-prone Ford Kuga 1.6 litre are coming thick and fast on social media. “Devastated! Woman just swore at me so badly cause...

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