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.

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's electricity headache here to stay - expert

2013-11-19 21:00

Nomura emerging markets expert Peter Attard Montalto explains why Eskom's intensive maintenance schedule may cost the economy:

Door now open to rate hikes - economist

2013-09-20 10:19

The Reserve Bank will most likely start a policy rate normalisation cycle in May 2014 but an earlier rate increase is possible, predicts Peter Attard Montalto.

'No rate change till 2014'

2013-08-21 13:54

Current market moves won't affect the interest rate this year, says Peter Montalto.

Misdirected energy

2013-08-09 09:59

The ANC should focus on jobs instead of food parcels, says Mzwandile Jacks.

No change in rates - Sarb

2013-07-18 15:33

The Reserve Bank is keeping the repo rate at 40-year lows of 5%, says Sarb governor Gill Marcus.

MPC won't change rates - expert

2013-07-15 19:50

Emerging markets analyst Peter Attard Montalto explains why the Reserve Bank's monetary policy committee won't change the interest rate this week.

Motlanthe's mining pact and the rand

2013-06-14 20:02

Nomura emerging markets expert Peter Attard Montalto analyses the meeting between the government and mining industry heavyweights.

Why rating agencies downgrade SA

2013-01-22 19:55

The fact that the Sasolburg violence can escalate over a seemingly petty issue shows why SA's rating bias is to the downside, says an analyst.

Godongwana on Mangaung

2012-12-06 12:19

Statements by the ANC's Enoch Godongwana have just increased the risk of further ratings downgrades for SA, writes Peter Attard Montalto.


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.

Inflation surge

2014-02-20 07:22

Petrol, food prices are behind the surprise inflation surge.

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.

Economist bets on tax hikes after election

2013-10-24 12:12

An economist believes taxes will go up after the 2014 elections, with a good chance of VAT increases once the national health insurance is in position.

Top officials take on mining crisis

2013-09-17 11:51

Emerging markets analyst Peter Attard Montalto has touched on problem points in a discussion with the deputy president and the mining and finance ministers.

Misdirected energy

2013-08-09 10:01

The ANC should focus on jobs instead of food parcels, says Mzwandile Jacks.

SA losing out on 250 000 jobs - report

2013-07-29 13:30

South Africa is missing out on about 250 000 potential jobs a year because government spending is 30% under target, a report states.

Economist defends NDP

2013-07-16 11:37

The National Development plan is not without flaws, but it's the best we’ve got in the current political reality, says economist Peter Attard Montalto.

Shock outlook for SA mine jobs

2013-06-23 18:44

An economist has rejected claims that South Africa’s platinum mining industry alone could shed up to 122 000 jobs in the next two years.

Rand rout: What government should do

2013-05-31 18:11

An emerging markets analyst present his suggestions on measures the government could take to soothe investors and markets.

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