Consumers

Transparency in the age of oversharing

Chief executives can make or break a brand

Taxing times ahead for Gordhan

Slow growth, a rising deficit — and an election — leave the finance minister little room to manoeuvre.

Economic week ahead: SA’s slumping consumer confidence

This week's retail sales snapshot is likely to be a disappointment to pressurised SA consumers but some good news is expected for global markets.

Data stripped to sex up booze-to-healthcare ratio

Average consumers are spending their money largely on transport, housing and food.

Tax incentives available for R&D

Consumers, governments and environmental demands are making research and development a stronger imperative for companies every year.

Delinquency scars credit retailers

Add the big rise in unsecured lending to low economic growth and the problem is clear.

Good news for consumers? Sorry, there’s none

Recent months have brought the consumer a barrage of bad news.

Retailers to feel the pinch in 2013

As consumers tighten their purse strings, retailers are sticking to their game plans, writes Nicola Mawson.

Talk of credit amnesty raises alarm

An amnesty for blacklisted consumers might be on the cards early next year but if implemented poorly, it could be bad for borrowers and lenders alike.

Retail resources in race for returns

Fund managers are divided over South African retail shares, which have outperformed resources by 20%.

Relief for consumers is not good news for the economy

Consumer price inflation slowed markedly in May, reaching 5.7% year on year thanks mainly to an unexpected drop in some food prices.

Banks cash in as SA borrowing soars

Alarm bells are not going off just yet, but experts say the rise in unsecured credit in South Africa is a worrying trend. Lynley Donnelly reports

Latest

From the archives: For the first time, an insiders’ account of the Third Force

Two young gangsters give an horrific account of how they were encouraged, equipped and trained to carry out violence against ANC-linked targets by the security forces.

Ramaphosa bets big on infrastructure to boost economy

Sona was a mixed bag but there were some meaningful announcements

Stranded commuters say Ramaphosa’s rail promises ring hollow

Cape Town’s largest passenger rail line has been closed for months, hitting people’s pockets and adding to road traffic congestion

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