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Month: Sep 2019

Messy Politics

Commentary: 30 September 2019 – Last week was characterised by heightened levels of geopolitical risk. There continues to be fallout from the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which knocked out 5% of world oil supply. While Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack, both Riyadh and Washington have blamed Iran, with …

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South Africa Records FDI Inflows of R26.3bn in Second Quarter

26 September 2019 – South Africa saw larger foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in the second quarter than the first quarter as domestic firms received debt and equity funding from foreign parent companies, central bank data showed on Wednesday. Africa’s most industrialised economy had FDI inflows of R26.3-billion in the second quarter from inflows of …

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SA Companies are Investing in the Economy for the First Time Since 2017

18 September 2019 – For the first time since 2017, South African private companies have invested more back into the local economy.  Statistics South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) results, released last week, showed that gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) increased by 6,1% in the second quarter of 2019, following five consecutive quarters of decline.  GFCF …

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Economy Knocks Business Confidence

Economy Knocks Business Confidence 13 September 2019 – Business confidence in South Africa declined in August from July, weighed down by concerns about the ailing economy, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Wednesday. SACCI’s business confidence index fell to 89.1 in August from 92.0 the previous month, and was the lowest …

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