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/ 28 January 2008

‘We are not creating enough jobs’

There is a mismatch in South Africa’s economy between the structural direction in which it is headed and its current skills profile, says Dr Azar Jammine, director and chief economist of Econometrix. While the economy is creating 194 000 jobs, according to formal-sector statistics, 368 000 students passed matric last year.

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/ 13 November 2007

Economist expects more rate hikes to come

If the South African Reserve Bank is consistent, then inflation matters have deteriorated since October and another rate hike can be expected in December, according to Dr Azar Jammine, director and chief economist of Econometrix. However, Jammine on Monday also criticised some of the thinking in this regard.

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/ 18 September 2007

Warning over crime’s effect on SA skills base

Escalating violent crime could reduce an already weak skills base in the country, an economic consultancy company said on Tuesday. ”Every effort should be made to contain negative influences like crime, especially since the South African economy is currently experiencing its most exciting growth phase since the 1960s,” the chief economist at Econometrix said.