Weak rand begs for govt intervention - expert

2015-03-11 18:06

Tighter monetary policy is needed to avoid structural decline in the rand, but the Sarb and Treasury seem loath to take action, says an expert.

Mine strikes inconvenient but useful - minister

2015-01-19 06:00

Mining sector strikes, although a huge inconvenience, have been a useful way to see where problems lie, says Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi.

Not enough alarm bells for rate hike - economist

2014-11-19 16:23

The MPC will be one member down at this meeting and any tied vote, with six members, would require the governor’s deciding vote.

Downgrade pours cold water on Nene's first budget

2014-11-07 12:09

The Moody’s downgrade of South Africa’s investment grade credit ratings is no surprise, but the timing certainly is, says an emerging markets economist.

Nene's real test is to curb spending

2014-10-20 20:22

The true test in the mini budget will be whether real expenditure growth can be reduced to less than 1%, says an emerging markets economist.

Bank downgrades: Sarb misses the point

2014-08-22 07:00

It is important to separate downgrades from the health of the banking system and the Reserve Bank's commitment to financial stability, says an economist.

Regulators 'should have foreseen Abil woes'

2014-08-08 07:49

Why did regulating bodies not sound enough alarm bells as African Bank Investments' bad loan book was being built up into 2012, asks an analyst.

SA's rate hike clock at midnight - economist

2014-07-12 05:00

The Reserve Bank will raise the interest rate by 50 basis points at next week's monetary policy committee meeting, predicts an emerging markets economist.

Budget 'a rallying cry to curb wasteful spend'

2014-02-27 13:01

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's budget was a rallying cry for the ANC to get its act together, waste less and spend more efficiently, says an economist.

Petrol, food behind inflation surge

2014-02-19 18:40

Economists give their take on the latest inflation surprise and forecast what the future might hold regarding petrol prices and interest rate hikes.


SA growth the calm before the storm - expert

2015-02-25 06:00

Although SA's latest growth data look better than expected, this might just be the calm before the storm, warns an emerging markets economist.

No oil trade benefit because of Eskom - expert

2015-01-07 06:00

Eskom is to blame for SA not reaping a big net trade improvement from the sharp oil price drop, says an emerging markets expert.

Numsa exit crucial for 2019 election - economist

2014-11-11 14:46

A difficult few years could lie ahead for the SA labour market as unions increasingly compete for each other’s turf, warns an economist.

Risks for downgrades remain, warns economist

2014-10-23 13:14

There are solid fiscal policies on the surface of the mini budget, but low potential growth is being held back by micro policy choices, warns an expert.

Marcus hailed as remarkable leader

2014-09-22 14:36

Outgoing Sarb governor Gill Marcus has increased the bank's credibility, making it one of the most respected central banks in emerging markets, says an economist.

NCR faces flak over African Bank fiasco

2014-08-11 17:46

The Debt Counselling Industry portal is calling for a probe into the National Credit Regulator, claiming it is an accessory to the crisis at embattled African Bank.

Eskom break-up remains taboo - expert

2014-08-06 13:24

An expert explains why there has been a long-standing taboo in South Africa regarding the possible break-up of Eskom and move to private power generation.

Whither SA's platinum sector?

2014-04-17 11:03

Curing the problems of platinum production may seem a simple matter but in reality may well be impossible, says an economist.

Budget 2014: One big question

2014-02-21 12:37

The budget has to deal with one big question, says emerging markets economist Peter Montalto, who expects a few pre-election treats.

Mandela: Giant footsteps, long shadow

2013-12-06 21:30

Normally past leaders’ shadows over a country fade and they are not wound up into the very fabric of a country and its outlook - not so for Nelson Mandela.

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