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Seven weeks into 2013, it seems a good time to see how the year is shaping up . It’s still too early to make a call on how (or if) SA politics will change post Mangaung. Last week’s state of the nation address contained largely middle-of-the-road platitudes - little new there. The one big positive was President Jacob Zuma's reiteration that a youth wage subsidy was needed. Seven weeks into 2013, it seems a good time to see how the year is shaping up . It’s still too early to make a call on how (or if) SA politics will change post Mangaung. Last week’s state of the nation address contained largely middle-of-the-road platitudes - little new there. The one big positive was President Jacob Zuma's reiteration that a youth wage subsidy was needed.The notable development has been the persistent deterioration in the inflation outlook. This started in the second half of 2012, as the rand weakened. However, the combination of a weaker currency and rising international oil prices has p...

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