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‘Eskom poses serious downside risks to economy’

“The deep concern expressed by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the economic and business implications of the shock decision by Eskom to escalate load-shedding to level 4 must be widely supported. Early solutions are required if the positive message of the SONA last week to put SA on new and higher growth path is not to […]

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SONA 2019 REACTION: Fixing Eskom a ‘big ticket item’

The crucial test of the State of the Nation (SONA) message this evening will be the successful implementation of planned policies and projects.  This is according to NWU Business School Economist Professor Raymond Parsons. (more…)

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MPC decision ‘widely expected’

‘The widely expected decision by the MPC to leave interest rates unchanged yesterday is the right one in present economic circumstances,” says Professor Raymond Parsons, MWU Business School economist. (more…)

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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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MTBPS: SA’s growth outlook remains weak and vulnerable

“The latest Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) shows that SA’s fiscal arithmetic and growth outlook remain weak and vulnerable.  This is according to NWU Business School Economist, Prof Raymond Parsons. He adds that the economic and fiscal strategies outlined today by new Finance Minister Tito Mboweni are likely to have a mixed impact on […]

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SA will need to make much more strenuous efforts to break out of ‘low growth’ trap

South Africa will need to make much more strenuous efforts to break out of the ‘low growth’ trap into which a recession has now pushed it.  This is according to Professor Raymond Parsons, economist at the North West University Business School. ‘The extent to which the latest GDP figures for 2Q 2018 confirm that the […]

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Additional zero-rating recommendations under VAT pose wider challenge to existing fiscal framework

The Independent Panel’s recent recommendations around additional zero-rating under VAT pose a wider challenge to existing fiscal framework. This is according to Professor Raymond Parsons, NWU Business School economist. “The recommendations of the independent Panel to enlarge the list of zero-rated items beyond the current 19 food categories and to now also include non-food items […]

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Policy Uncertainty Index moves into negative territory

The North West University (NWU)’s Business School’s Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI) for  2Q 2018 rose to 51.0 (baseline 50) compared to 49.6 in 1Q 2018 “The latest rise in the PUI is the result of a blend of economic and political factors over the past three months which have generated a renewed degree of policy […]

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