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Dr B Muchara

Budget 2019 must articulate practicalities of SONA intent

Dr Binganidzo Muchara of Unisa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) had the theme, “Following up on our commitments. Making your Future Work Better.” In preparing to give the address, President Ramaphosa’s objectives would have been twofold: firstly, to appeal to business and the investment community which […]

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Prof Raymond Parsons

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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President Cyril Ramaphosa

What SA can expect from the SONA

The State of the Nation Address (SONA), scheduled for Thursday 7th February, will be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa against a backdrop of economic underperformance, high unemployment, depressed business confidence and rising government debt levels. (more…)

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Surge in consumer confidence reflects #Ramaprogress

  By Christie Viljoen, PwC Economist. The Bureau for Economic Research (BER) reported on April 25th that South African consumer confidence rebounded during the first quarter of 2o18. In fact, sentiment jumped to the highest on record during the period. The improvement between 2017Q4 and 2018Q1 was also the largest on record, eclipsing the jump […]

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Prof Raymond Parsons

BUDGET 2018: COMMENT – Decision to raise VAT ‘inevitable’

The decision to raise VAT in Budget 2018 was ‘inevitable’, but risks of continuing to raise various taxes in the face of weak growth is why SA needs much higher economic growth rates. This is according to Professor Raymond Parsons, economist at the NWU School of Business and Governance “Despite its laudable goals and commitment […]

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 Malusi Ndlovu

Budget to address reliance on state

This week the South African Finance Minister will outline the government’s top-level financial plan to tackle the country’s growing fiscal deficit. To avoid a further credit rating downgrade, and maintain the momentum created by a renewed sense of business confidence, the 2018 National Budget will need to explicitly outline how the state plans to strengthen […]

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What a truly ‘radical’ SONA would sound like

Today’s State of the Nation Address will be a critical indicator of the prospects of the optimism generated by Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascendancy being turned into real improvements in the lives of people. The key issue is what SONA will reveal about the policy direction that South Africa will take. (more…)

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Economists’ wish list for tomorrow’s SONA

  President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 16 February 2018. The annual speech kicks off the Parliamentary year and focuses on the country’s current political and economic situation. Regarding the latter, South Africa experienced deteriorating economic conditions during 2014-2017, and there is great hope for an improvement […]

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