Dagga: taking SA’s GDP higher

2009-11-16 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Cannabis farming now forms an official part of the agricultural sector, even if illegal. It will be included in future calculations of the gross domestic product (GDP).

And prostitution falls within the personal services sector. This is a logical consequence of Statistics South Africa’s decision to include illegal and underground economies in the country’s GDP.

And, believe it or not, their inclusion is global practice. After all, they do contribute to a country’s economy.

Economists have long considered that South Africa’s GDP could be as much as R100 billion bigger than that currently reflected.

The adjustments will change the relative size of the economy sectors, and their contributions to growth. Sectors that contrac­ted in the past may now grow.

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