More history, less critique in ANC’s 2019 elections manifesto review
/ 9 September 2023

More history, less critique in ANC’s 2019 elections manifesto review

The governing party asks voters to ignore its failings and focus on its long-term successes

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Public purse sees tail end of mining tailwind
/ 21 August 2023

Public purse sees tail end of mining tailwind

Mining windfall helped SA’s financial position, but lower revenues and additional spending will delay the end of fiscal consolidation

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With little detail about Eskom’s debt plan expected, budget could disappoint
/ 20 February 2023

With little detail about Eskom’s debt plan expected, budget could disappoint

The utility’s R400 billion debt has fed into the country’s 15-year energy crisis and low growth potential, which has been identified as a key credit weakness

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Godongwana: Government can’t walk away from Eskom, Transnet
/ 27 October 2022

Godongwana: Government can’t walk away from Eskom, Transnet

The minister’s medium-term budget policy statement had to balance the fiscal risk of state-owned entities and the threat their collapse posed for the economy

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The BIG fix: Effective basic income grant will soothe ailing economy
/ 9 September 2022

The BIG fix: Effective basic income grant will soothe ailing economy

The government needs to cough up for an effective basic income grant if it wants to achieve a 6% GDP growth rate

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Relief: Government must guard SA’s poor against inflation’s assault
/ 6 July 2022

Relief: Government must guard SA’s poor against inflation’s assault

It could prove difficult for government to loosen its grip on the public purse, but economists say the current extraordinary circumstances require intervention

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A year after the riots, South Africa is a tinderbox waiting to be lit
/ 1 July 2022

A year after the riots, South Africa is a tinderbox waiting to be lit

Some of the conditions in which the July unrest occurred have abated but others, such as the spiralling cost of living, have worsened

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Will business come to the table for Cyril to meet his 100-day promise?
/ 13 May 2022

Will business come to the table for Cyril to meet his 100-day promise?

Disagreements over a basic income grant, labour law reform and how to save the economy mean consensus is still far off. But trade-offs – and political shifts – will eventually have to be made for there to be any hope of real change

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2022: A return to normality or more economic uncertainty?
/ 5 January 2022

2022: A return to normality or more economic uncertainty?

Covid-19 cast the economy adrift, but a less punishing new phase of the pandemic could set it back on track

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R350 social relief grant not enough to live on
/ 26 September 2021

R350 social relief grant not enough to live on

Nearly half of the population in South Africa — one of the most unequal countries in the world — is considered chronically poor.

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A black woman’s burden: Carer,     provider and unemployed
/ 26 August 2021

A black woman’s burden: Carer, provider and unemployed

All indicators, including the employment statistics released this week show how black women bear the brunt of unemployment. Here are their stories

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How to apply for the Covid-19 R350 grant
/ 4 August 2021

How to apply for the Covid-19 R350 grant

Asylum seekers with valid permits and caregivers will now also be allowed to apply for the reinstituted social relief of distress grant

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