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25 March 2017
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24 Mar 2017
 
 
Ratings ‘pressure point’
REAL ECONOMY: CONTINGENT LIABILITIES
While much of 2016 was dedicated to junk avoidance, the risk of a downgrade persists, with both Fitch Ratings and S&P Global to decide this year whether to designate the country as ‘stable’, or to...
 
 
17 Mar 2017
 
More connected, but more disconnected
REAL ECONOMY: TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY
Few would deny that national and global affairs are more unsettled than they have been for years. Typically, people point to the Brexit vote, or the shock election of President Donald Trump as the...
 
 
10 Mar 2017
 
 
 
R150bn small-business opportunity
REAL ECONOMY: PREFERENTIAL PROCUREMENT
The new Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPFA) regulations, which will take effect on April 1, have the potential to provide a significant stimulus to small business development in...
 
 
03 Mar 2017
 
Taking the gap
REAL ECONOMY: ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
Like a Mamelodi Sundowns striker against a hapless Orlando Pirates defender, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan skilfully took the gap left by President Jacob Zuma in defining what is meant by...
 
 
24 Feb 2017
 
Contested terrain
REAL ECONOMY: RADICAL ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
While the recent chaos-ridden State of the Nation address was long on rhetoric and short on detail (as well as new ideas), President Jacob Zuma nevertheless arguably succeeded in placing the...
 
 
17 Feb 2017
 
Watching brief
REAL ECONOMY: GREEN MANUFACTURING
The closure and possible liquidation of an Eastern Cape wind-tower manufacturing facility only four years after it opened raises serious questions about whether business can truly rely on...
 
 
10 Feb 2017
 
To trade jaw-jaw is always better . . .
REAL ECONOMY: TRADE
The backlash against globalisation and scepticism over the benefits of free trade is currently so strong that there is a real risk that countries could retreat into ill-considered and destructive...
 
 
03 Feb 2017
 
Power narratives
REAL ECONOMY: ENERGY
Those who have always been cautious about believing what they read arguably possess a genuine edge in this era of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘post-truth politics’. Our skills of discernment are being...
 
 
 
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