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19 Apr 2017
 
 
 
 
Governments worldwide could save $1tr by adopting procurement best practices – McKinsey
GOVERNMENT PRODUCTIVITY
Governments worldwide could reduce their current purchasing bill by 15%, or a combined $1-trillion, if they were to adopt best-practice procurement disciplines, a new study by the McKinsey Center...
 
 
18 Apr 2017
 
Ethiopia needs a multi-party democracy to end the crushing impact of corruption
THE CONVERSATION
A paradox has played out in Ethiopia over the last decade. While its economy has thrived, its political landscape has been overwhelmed by rampant corruption. In 2013, for example, more than 50 high...
 
 
05 Apr 2017
 
What a downgrade means for South Africa and what it can do about it
THE CONVERSATION
Rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has cut South Africa’s foreign currency rating to sub-investment grade status. Two other global ratings agencies, Fitch and Moody’s, may well follow suit. The...
 
 
04 Apr 2017
 
South Africa is on a cliff edge – just as it was in 1985
THE CONVERSATION
This article was first published last year as South Africa faced a possible downgrade by rating agencies Current developments in South Africa are reminiscent of events in 1985. In that year South...
 
 
30 Mar 2017
 
SARB keeps interest rate steady
ECONOMY
South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Lesetja Kganyago announced on Thursday that the bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided to leave the interest rate unchanged at its second...
 
 
23 Mar 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Supporting economic transformation: an approach paper
RECOMMENDATION
As continuous and sometimes remarkably fast economic growth has become more usual in much of the developing world over recent decades, attention has shifted to the pattern and quality of that...
 
 
20 Mar 2017
 
Fact-checked: Kenyatta’s 2017 State of the Nation Address
AFRICA CHECK
Up for re-election in August, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta gave a sometimes impassioned defence of his record, pegging it against his 2013 manifesto. Africa Check is working through his claims...
 
 
17 Mar 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Renewable Energy Prospects: Indonesia
RECOMMENDATION
Indonesia is the largest country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), accounting for around two fifths of the region’s energy consumption. Energy demand across the country’s more...
 
 
14 Mar 2017
 
S&P Global sees higher use of guarantees by Eskom as ratings ‘pressure point’
CREDIT RATING
S&P Global warns that contingent liabilities associated with guarantees to State-owned companies (SoCs) such as Eskom have emerged as a “pressure point” for South Africa’s sovereign rating, which...
 
 
08 Mar 2017
 
Solidarity: Weak growth and poor investment increase the risk of a rating downgrade
STATEMENT
Trade union Solidarity today expressed renewed concern about South Africa’s weak economic growth rate. This comes after Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) yesterday announced figures for the gross...
 
 
23 Feb 2017
 
Analysts acclaim Glencore’s performance as good fundamentals return
DIVERSIFIED MINERS
Commodity market fundamentals are improving against a backdrop of better than expected demand and limited, if any, inventory build through the trough of the cycle, diversified mining and marketing...
 
 
22 Feb 2017
 
 
 
New top tax bracket emerges amid revenue underperformance
2017 BUDGET
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced a new top personal income bracket of 45% for taxable incomes above R1.5-million in his 2017 Budget address as part of tax proposals designed to raise the...
 
 
06 Feb 2017
 
Chamber calls on mining to renounce its apartheid past
MINING INVESTMENT
Mining is the foundation of the South African economy. Much of the manufacturing and services sectors exist because they were initiated to service and provide inputs to the mining industry since...
 
 
10 Jan 2017
 
World Bank warns rand could take hit amid global policy flux
ECONOMY
The World Bank has issued a warning that the South Africa currency could come under pressure in 2017, owing to heightened policy uncertainty in the US and Europe, which could constrain capital...
 
 
20 Dec 2016
 
AU: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: Address by AU Chair, at the State of the Union Media briefing, Durban (19/12/2016)
Topics
I wish to thank from the outset the Government Communications Information Services, and the provincial government of Kwa Zulu Natal for having organized this opportunity for us to brief the African...
 
 
 
                       
 
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