Consumer Spending

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it

Transparency in the age of oversharing

Chief executives can make or break a brand

Consumer fears hurt the economy

The recession is ‘entirely home-made’ and could be deepened by widespread political uncertainty

​No money? No problem! SA’s municipalities splurge on entertainment they can’t afford

For most local municipalities, spending money on entertainment comes a lot more naturally than earning income or complying to budgetary restraints

Expect low private consumer spending in 2014

The platinum strike, rising inflation and other factors have contributed to a "bleak outlook for consumer spending", according to a new report.

Consumers uninspired by good news

Trade and tax data have improved the outlook marginally, but consumer spending remains cautious.

China reforms poise to reshape landscape

Chinese economic reforms, including allowing only-child parents to have more than one child, are poised to inject growth into much of the economy.

Massmart chief: Consumer spending slowing down

Massmart chief executive Grant Pattison says consumer spending has stagnated, while debt levels have increased.

Economic week ahead: Consumers take centre stage

All eyes are on consumers as the markets wait for updates on the eurozone recession, US consumer sentiment and SA retail sales, writes Matt Quigley.

Consumer confidence hits nine-year low

Consumer confidence plunged to a nine-year low during the first quarter of this year‚ signalling that household spending would be subdued this year.

Caution tarnishes the silver lining

Despite signs of economic growth, inflation and energy fears have put a damper on South Africa's economic forecasts.

Spending on food and health drops

South Africans are spending less on food and health care compared to the last two years, said debit and credit card distributor Sureswipe on Friday.


Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Life in lockdown: Behind closed doors keeping out the coronavirus

South African students in China are staying behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

Apartheid criminals still at large

Corporations and banks that aided the apartheid regime have not been brought to book, so they continue to act with impunity

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it