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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Sipho Pityana’s Busa letter shows despair can be useful

August 12, 2019

A kind of mass hysteria is breaking out, some of it justified. Sentiment is getting weaker because nothing is being done

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: SA tumbles in a slow-motion crash

July 29, 2019

Gains from improved collection by new management at the SA Revenue Service will be offset by emigration and lower growth than forecast. There are no gains to be had from higher taxes — they will...

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STUART THEOBALD: Flurry of takeover moves creates false idea of a bright future

July 22, 2019

SA’s companies are being targeted in a deal-making spree. Last week, PepsiCo launched a bid for Pioneer Foods, Clover got Competition Commission approval to be bought out by Israel’s Central...

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STUART THEOBALD: Lower-cost housing finance needs to be more readily available

July 8, 2019

We want urbanisation to accompany widespread property ownership to ensure residents have a vested interest in urban development. While we have made much of the importance of giving people title to...

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Economy is in ICU and social compacting delays the treatment

July 1, 2019

Can you suffer death by social compacting? It seems the answer may be yes.

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Impact investing in financial services

April 26, 2019

Last week FNB announced that it was transforming from being just a bank into a “diversified financial services company”. This did not come as surprise. It follows Discovery’s move into banking....

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STUART THEOBALD: UK’s National Health Service sets bar high as Motsoaledi unveils two bills in SA

June 25, 2018

Health policies are researched and developed to achieve the best national outcomes. The system is pretty uncaring if you want something that is vaguely elective, but on the whole you feel very...

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The Myth of Corporate Cash Hoarding

September 18, 2017

Is corporate South Africa hoarding cash? The answer, according to new research by Intellidex, is “no”.

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What is ‘inclusive growth’?

May 15, 2017

There is no doubt that economic growth is needed to reduce poverty. Those countries that have done it on a large scale have also had rapid GDP growth rates.

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STUART THEOBALD: Plenty of competition issues in foreign exchange market

February 27, 2017

The Competition Commission should not stop at the prosecution of bank traders who manipulated the rand exchange rate. It should undertake a full investigation into the competitiveness of foreign...

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Cost of entry level housing is bad for transformation

May 26, 2014

The trend in lending patterns in the banking industry is damaging the transformation of the SA economy, particularly when it comes to home ownership. Since 2008, when banks were hit by a wave of bad...

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