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How to rescue SA’s ailing economy

2020 was a challenging year for everybody, with no growth forecast in the economy, fears of a deep recession and a jobs bloodbath. Three experts contextualise this situation, focusing on what can be done in 2021 to slow down the spiral into an economic abyss

In celebration of the Basotho hat

Defining human capital in an emerging market

Beneath Mashaba’s ‘centrism’ lurks the reactionary

A fanatic of the free market, Herman Mashaba advances extreme economic policies for South Africa. But he needs political power first, so he rides on xenophobic sentiments for votes

Cheating on your funds costs you behaviour tax

Short-term financial decisions fuelled by fear and greed run contrary to long-term investment goals

Why insurance firms’ earnings are down

Covid-19 has hit the insurance industry especially hard

Say hello to lockdown lite

After months of the strictest Covid-19 restrictions in the world, it seems we are in line for a further easing of the regulations

Jobs at stake as financial losses hit ArcelorMittal

South Africa’s steel producer’s earnings dropped in the first quarter of 2020 because of low demand and a lacklustre economy, exacerbated by the Covid-19 lockdown

Black Lives Matter: The South African economy’s unfinished business

Tshegofatso Mathe spoke to people in the South African business world about structural racism in our economy, and what must be done to overcome it

Jury’s out on green recovery

Public-private partnerships and big infrastructure builds have been suggested as ways to boost South Africa’s flagging economy. Another option to consider is green bonds, which would also help achieve climate crisis goals

Cartoon: Carlos on Mboweni’s budget

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Invisible threat to workers’ rights

Nearly half of all workplaces inspected by the department of labour found to be unsafe

‘There is heartbreak every day’

People are handing over their pets to shelters, but they too are battling financially

Ubuntu should be at the centre of our response to Covid-19

Demonstrations of common humanity are a powerful tool to help us navigate our way through the pandemic

Young people need a bailout: Cancel student debt held by national banks

A more equitable and fair society, able to conquer the effects of pandemics, starts with debt-free education and skills development

Virus shakes up taxi sector

Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown have continued to tear through profits in the taxi industry, requiring the sector to formulate a new approach for how it operates, even beyond the pandemic

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Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

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