Trade Deficit

Metal sector strike cost SA economic growth rate

The Reserve Bank’s Quarterly Bulletin shows real economic growth in the third quarter would have been 3.1% were it not for the metals sector strike.

SA trade gap halves as vehicle imports slump

The trade deficit unexpectedly shrunk to R6.5-billion in May as fewer vehicle imports offset the drop in platinum exports.

SA records shock trade deficit in March

South Africa has recorded a trade deficit of R11.4-billion in March, outpacing market expectations of a R1.5-billion decline.

SA posts biggest trade gap in seven months in August

The effect of strikes on exports saw the current account deficit widen by almost R5-billion.

Record trade deficit for SA in January

South Africa has posted a record trade deficit for January attributed largely to imports of machinery and other capital equipment.

SA’s trade deficit narrower, pressure seen

South Africa's trade deficit narrowed sharply in May as exports rose despite a transport sector strike.

SA records R1,9bn trade deficit in April

South Africa's trade account swung back into deficit in April, recording a shortfall of R1,9-billion, compared with a R460-million surplus in March.

SA February trade deficit widens as imports rise

SA's trade deficit widened in February, data showed on Wednesday, reflecting a rise in imports as the economy recovers from last year's downturn.

SA 2009 trade deficit narrows on slowdown

The deficit on SA's trade account narrowed sharply in 2009 compared with the previous year due to a recession that slashed imports.


South Africans stuck in China are desperate to escape coronavirus ‘prison’

But the department of international relations and co-operation claims they are comfortable and taken care of 

SA’s quarantine plan for coronavirus

A small Free State dorp and 14 days of isolation — this is the plan for citizens returning from China, to prevent a potential outbreak of the disease

No legal sales in new cannabis Bill

Draft regulations do not allow for commercial cultivation or sale, but policy could change this

Press Releases

Dr Mathew Moyo’s journey to academic victory

The NWU's chief director for library and information services was appointed as a board member of the National Council for Library and Information Services.

UKZN pays tribute to Joseph Shabalala, Doctor of Music (honoris causa)

The university joins the global community in mourning the passing of legendary musician and founding member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dr Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala.

South Africa to be almost R 14-billion wealthier when SAB Zenzele BB-BBEE scheme winds down in April 2020

It’s the biggest BB-BEE FMCG payout in South Africa’s history, with a new scheme to be launched

UKZN vice-chancellor calls for perspective and creative engagement on the way forward

In addition to overcoming the deadlock between UKZN and students, a way must be found to reconcile the university's financial obligations and students' long-term needs.

Survey shows South Africans’ approval of president but not of political parties

According to the survey, 62% of South Africans think Cyril Ramaphosa is doing his job well, while 39% say no political party represents their views.

Andrew Makenete joins Africa Agri Tech as an event ambassador

Makenete has a wealth of experience in the agricultural sector

Is your company prepared for the coronavirus?

Companies should consider the direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic when evaluating whether they are prepared for the coronavirus, says ContinuitySA.

Explaining the distribution of pension funds

Section 37C of the Pension Funds Act puts the ultimate decision-making responsibility in trustees' hands, says Fedgroup.