Ratings countdown: At the mercy of whirlwinds

2016-11-22 05:00

SA's reputation is being pulled in different directions ahead of rating reviews and amid labour, government and civil society narratives, says economist Cees Bruggemans.

Cees Bruggemans’ Age of Decay: Mediocrity – SA’s “new normal”

2015-10-06 07:36

SA's ‘Rainbow’ era has been replaced by the ‘Age of Decay’, where weaknesses intrude and the nation is no longer served, says Cees Bruggemans.

Cees Bruggemans: Future remains weak – R18-20:$ (2020), growth eases to 1%

2015-09-30 17:45

It’s doom and gloom at the moment as a weakening rand, easing GDP growth and rising inflation continue to put pressure on South African pockets.

The future: Cees Bruggemans – Impending US Dollar supercycle

2015-09-21 14:21

Cees Bruggemans says the recent Chinese commodity supercycle is being replaced by an impending US dollar supercycle.

Cees Bruggemans mines data: Economic emotions both hot & cold

2015-09-14 15:57

Cees Bruggemans takes a look at the mixed SA data that’s come out in September, which is sure to have economic emotions running both hot and cold

Cees Bruggemans – How low can the rand go? Half fair value? R20 to $?

2015-09-08 15:14

Cees Bruggemans presents his take on the situation around SA's embattled currency, and looks at the question of whether the rand has yet to reach rock bottom.

Cees Bruggemans: Is a recession only a matter of time?

2015-08-26 15:34

Cees Bruggemans says given the poor the poor economic data, murmurings of a recession are bound to be making its way into conversations.

Cees Bruggemans: Good Ship SA – change the captain, change the future

2015-08-18 16:28

Cees Bruggemans references SA’s journey to that of a sailboat - presently the economy is headed up wind, facing the oncoming challenges, a howling hurricane.

Cees Bruggemans: SA govt stuck in the past, missing the future… at what cost?

2015-08-14 12:50

Restitution and compensation should be in a secondary supporting role rather than the sole primary one as has been the case for too many years, says Cees Bruggemans.

Fear is holding SA’s democracy back

2015-07-27 14:59

Cees Bruggemans and Willie Esterhuyse talk about fear as a tax and how it is potentially undermining the country's efficiency.


Cees Bruggemans: External complexity, Internal strain paints worrying picture

2015-10-08 08:33

Cees Bruggemans refers to both the local and international picture as a tornado in progress and says there’s no way to predict where it's heading.

Cees Bruggemans: The ‘What Ifs’ – uncertainty the only outcome

2015-10-01 17:53

Cees Bruggemans looks at the global ‘what ifs’, clarifying that these aren’t forecasts or predictions, just questions – with uncertainty the big winner.

Cees Bruggemans: Out of the box thinking – Fracking to the rescue

2015-09-28 16:25

Cees Bruggemans questions the US recovery since 2008, China’s potential for a bigger than expected fall and why fracking can come to South Africa’s rescue.

Questionable data (China?) – SA not falling apart, trend’s corrosive

2015-09-18 09:45

Cees Bruggemans unpacks SARB's second quarterly bulletin and plays it up against second-quarter GDP data, which showed a 1.3% quarterly decline.

Cees Bruggemans shocked: State imitates private sector – sincerest flattery

2015-09-11 07:19

Cees Bruggemans sums up a session in parliament in the most simple terms, yet cuts to the heart of the discussion, reflecting on a recent decision by Nhlanhla Nene.

Cees Bruggemans: No relief – Global events point to an even weaker Rand

2015-09-04 14:19

A global slowdown points to a weaker rand, which means we may have seen the last of petrol price relief, says Cees Bruggemans.

Brilliant: ANC elite bask in destructive transformation as African Spring looms

2015-08-24 15:18

Cees Bruggemans talks about the restlessness bubbling under the masses and about the 66% of the population outside the affluent middle class, searching for jobs.

Cees Bruggemans responds: Blue, black or purple – ANC’s not listening

2015-08-17 15:57

In response to social media feedback on his previous article, Cees Bruggemans says the ANC government is not listening no matter the colour of the complainant.

Cees Bruggemans: Govt, mining bosses are all in a pickle

2015-08-12 10:55

Cees Bruggemans ponders the 'trust deficit' between mining bosses and government, and how far things can go before the next round of failures, closures and shrinkage.

Cees Bruggemans: What if Zuma refuses to go?

2015-07-13 15:19

Zuma’s hold over the levers of power is such that his critics are simply biding their time until his second term expires. But what if he won't go, asks Cees Bruggemans.

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