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25 January 2015
Opinion
 
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23 Jan 2015
 
 
Big risk factor
AFRICA OUTLOOK
The jury is still out on what effect the collapsing oil price will have on Africa’s 2015 growth prospects, with the answer depending materially on whether a country is an oil importer or exporter....
 
 
16 Jan 2015
 
Beyond planning
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
In his book Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or how to Build the Future, serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel (best known as one of the cofounders of PayPal, along with Elon...
 
 
12 Dec 2014
 
New energy needed
REAL ECONOMY: SOUTH AFRICA
There is a sense of fatigue across South Africa as 2014 draws to a close. The year has been a difficult one for business and for citizens. The external environment remains problematic, with South...
 
 
05 Dec 2014
 
Plan Emerging?
REAL ECONOMY: BENEFICIATION
Some visibility may, at last, be emerging around South Africa's approach to the highly complex issue of beneficiation. It is understood that the Mineral Beneficiation Action Plan (MBAP), which is...
 
 
28 Nov 2014
 
Growth, but no renaissance
REAL ECONOMY: NUCLEAR ENERGY
Given the attention, disproportionate or not, being given to nuclear energy in South Africa, it was interesting to see what the International Energy Agency (IEA) had to say about the future of...
 
 
21 Nov 2014
 
Important Progress
REAL ECONOMY: ELECTRICITY
Given the prevailing uncertainty about Eskom's ability to keep the lights, it came as something of a relief to hear that the bidding process for the long awaited ‘baseload coal’ independent power...
 
 
14 Nov 2014
 
Sustaining Momentum
REAL ECONOMY: RENEWABLE ENERGY
South Africa has been ranked third, after China and Brazil, in a new country-by-country assessment of 55 renewable-energy markets in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Climatescope...
 
 
07 Nov 2014
 
The emerging middle
REAL ECONOMY: MIDDLE CLASS IN AFRICA
There may be no consensus on the size of Africa’s middle class, but there is, nevertheless, broad-based agreement on two things: firstly, that the African middle class is growing and, secondly,...
 
 
 
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