Junk status looms after mid-term budget fails to inspire confidence – It is not looking good for SA

Economists have warned that South Africa could be in line for a credit downgrade to junk status – possibly before the end of the year. Their fears come in light of Malusi Gigaba’s mid-term budget speech, delivered to parliament on Wednesday. “It is not in the public interest, nor is it in the interests of […]
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Gigaba’s first test: Can he ace the mid-term budget?

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is in an unenviable position. In his maiden budget – today’s medium-term budget policy statement – he must confront, among other things, low economic growth, a tax revenue hole big enough to fly a plane through and the budgetary consequences of struggling state-owned enterprises. These issues are some of the chief […]
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Banks go on the offensive to parry political attacks

South Africa’s banks have gone on the offensive after being criticised by some politicians over their lending practices and records in addressing racial inequality. Attacks on the lenders have been led by Jacob Zuma, who’s accused them of monopolising the financial services industry, and questioned whether they colluded when closing accounts belonging to members of […]
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