Us Economy

The Donald exacerbates debt tsunami

The biggest pile of dollar bonds ever is coming due, which raises the spectre of major defaults.

​Globalisation is ticking along and it’s best not to mess with it

"Information flows (internet traffic and phone calls, mainly) have exploded but trade and capital flows are still below their prerecession peaks."

Will Trumpenstein wreck or bless?

The president-elect’s victory speech was encouraging but his temperament keeps everyone guessing.

Rand pares worst quarterly losing streak in 12 years on exports

The rand strengthened, ending its longest quarterly losing streak in almost 12 years, as exporters converted earnings from abroad.

Rand leads currency declines as bond yields rise to year high

The rand fell and bond yields rose on Monday morning, as lower commodity prices reflected soft Chinese industrial production figures.

Who’s afraid of the big bad cliff?

With the United States election now over, the world waits with bated breath to see how the country will address its looming "fiscal cliff".

Obama takes first swipe in year-end debt showdown

US President Barack Obama claimed he has a mandate to hike taxes on the rich, firing his first post-election shot at Republicans.

Obama handed a second term, but challenges await

President Barack Obama has won a second term in the White House, overcoming deep doubts among voters about his handling of the US economy.

Re-election: Obama won on the economy

In the end, US President Barack Obama won re-election on the issue that was supposed to send him packing: the country's sluggish economy.

Turning risk on its head

With the US at risk of default, bonds and cash are a bigger risk than you realise.


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