Traders maintain bets on rate rise in 2020 as September inflation jumps

Forward-rate agreements show Reserve Bank could hike rate by as much as 50 basis points after consumer prices rise to four-month high

BUSI MAVUSO: We’re ready for another bold move, Mr President

The IMF’s medium-term forecasts have alarming implications for our unemployment situation

NEVA MAKGETLA: Workers at the bottom rung bear brunt of job losses

Jobs figures for the second quarter of 2021 reflect SA’s economic inequalities and social divisions

DUMA GQUBULE: SA has a GDP growth hurdle, not a debt problem

Austerity policies will raise debt from a level that is still low compared to the country’s peers, writes Duma Gqubule

Spending pressure likely to pile up on Godongwana’s budget policy statement

Despite the recent tax windfall being temporary, added spending is ‘being baked into the politics around the fiscal framework’, says Absa

Economic recovery depends on faster reforms and Eskom, says Enoch Godongwana

The finance minister says without reliable power the drive to boost growth will be dead in the water

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Inflation in the spotlight in data-dry week

Consumer inflation is expected to rise to 5% in September from 4.9% in August, with price pressures a theme for global investors

Illicit copper trade compounds SA’s economic woes

The illicit copper trade particularly impacts Eskom and Transnet and costs the country's economy billion of rand a year.

Ramaphosa’s public jobs plan moves to second phase

The second phase aims to reach 570,000 people and has introduced some new programmes

EDITORIAL: To and fro over e-tolls not doing much to lure investors

Contrary to what the critics say, toll roads may ultimately benefit the poor more than the rich, because of their positive economic effects

Retail sales figures disappoint in August

Analysts say fallout from the July unrest played a role in the 1.3% year-on-year contraction

August production data offers a mixed picture

Manufacturing production came back better than expected after civil unrest, even as mining production disappointed.

Risks aplenty even as IMF bumps up SA’s 2021 growth forecast

The adjustment for 2021 is a 1 percentage point increase from the IMF’s July forecast for SA

Business confidence falters in September

‘Clear, consistent’ economic policy is crucial to improving local and foreign investor sentiment, Sacci says

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Bounceback on the cards for manufacturing and retail sales

August figures are likely to show a strong recovery from July’s looting and lockdown restrictions

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