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Theresa May Holds on, but What Does This Mean for Investors?

Theresa May has survived a leadership challenge called by Eurosceptic members of her own party and will continue to lead the United Kingdom as it heads toward Brexit. But David Zahn, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s head of European Fixed Income, warns May’s troubles are not over yet. He predicts further volatility ahead for financial […]

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SACCI: Trade conditions remain subdued

According to respondents to SACCI’s November 2018 trade conditions survey, activity remained subdued with the six-month prospects lower than present conditions. Trade conditions remained in negative territory with the seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index (TAI) recording 40 for November 2018 – unchanged from October 2018. It appears that Black Friday did not materially change subdued […]

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Expropriation has muddied the land reform field; don’t expect a win

By Professor Nhlanhla Cyril Mbatha, Unisa. As the land debate cautiously manoeuvres its way towards the end goal of articulating the grounds under which there can be land expropriation without compensation in section 25 of the South Africa’s Constitution, Professor Nhlanhla Cyril Mbatha, a professor within Unisa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL), cautions that critical […]

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Eskom: Loadshedding is a means to protect the national electricity system

The story in the media and on social platforms regarding allegations that loadshedding is a diversion, is itself a diversion and far from the truth, Eskom said in a statement today. (more…)

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US-China rivalry in Africa set to sharpen in 2019

Early signs suggest that the US-China rivalry will find its way to the African continent in 2019. While the US is multiplying warnings about the perils of Chinese debt-fuelled spending for economic stability, China will continue to broaden its engagement across the continent, with particular focus on East Africa. This is one of the key […]

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Brexit delay – SA may need to prepare contingency plans

South Africa may need to prepare contingency plans if a “hard” Brexit becomes likely in March 2019.  That’s the word from NWU economist, Professor Raymond Parsons. (more…)

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FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index still at very depressed level in 2018Q4

The FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index remained below 20 for the sixth straight quarter, rising by one point to 18 in 4Q2018. The current index level means that more than eighty per cent of respondents are dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions. (more…)

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IRR snap poll: ANC up to 56%, DA and EFF down

In line with the IRR’s objective to become an authority on political market research, the Institute has undertaken a snap poll, focusing exclusively on party political support, to supplement the IRR’s first full survey on the electoral landscape, carried out in September 2018. (more…)

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