Anti-foreigner violence in South Africa has already hit the mining sector, a mainstay of the domestic economy, and threatens to undermine confidence among international investors, analysts say. Even before the unrest broke out, the outlook for the South African economy was clouded by uncertainty.
South Africa's producer price index (PPI) rose by 11,8% year-on-year in March from 11,2% in February, Statistics South Africa data on Thursday showed. Dawie Roodt, economist at Efficient Group, commented: "I am afraid all these price increases from producers will start filtering to consumers."
The South African government will on Friday announce whether power supply can be increased to mines while maintaining the stability of the system. The review of consumption comes in the wake of last week's surprise announcement that the sector would lose thousands of jobs due to the power crisis.
South African Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica has confirmed that job losses at mines are unavoidable, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported on Friday. Sonjica said this became apparent at Thursday's meeting with labour unions and the Chamber of Mines, but she would not disclose the number of job losses that will take place.
South Africa's producer price index (PPI) rose by 9,4% year-on-year (y/y) in September, unchanged from August, Statistics South Africa data on Thursday showed. The PPI declined 0,7% on a monthly basis after August's monthly increase of 0,7%. PPI was at 9% y/y a year ago.