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South Africa: Economic recovery quickens in Q2 but risks remain

September 9, 2021

South Africa’s recovery from a pandemic-induced contraction quickened in Q2 as restrictions to contain the pandemic were eased. GDP expanded 1.2% in the three months through June from a revised...

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South Africa: Economic recovery quickens in Q2 but risks remain

September 9, 2021

South Africa’s recovery from a pandemic-induced contraction quickened in Q2 as restrictions to contain the pandemic were eased. GDP expanded 1.2% in the three months through June from a revised...

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Something clicked with Ramaphosa’s power-generation move

June 14, 2021

It is the first time there has been a policy reform that has uncontrolled scalability.

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Our threadbare institutions need a redesign, not just patching

April 6, 2021

Our threadbare institutions need a redesign, not just patching.

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STUART THEOBALD: Rising risk of government debt harms creditworthiness of banks

March 9, 2021

As the institutions’ exposure to the sovereign rises, quality of the state’s balance sheet worsens

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Marching to the fiscal cliff on downgrades and vaccine lags

November 23, 2020

The point of ratings agencies’ actions is that the risks are rising as the moment is approaching.

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South Africa is broke, increasing the odds of an IMF bailout

May 12, 2020

Unemployment figures and Eskom results were that sparked calls for an IMF bailout – but there are a lot of mitigating steps that government can still take before that, starting with the budget,...

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STUART THEOBALD: Fast response let down by economic blunders

May 4, 2020

My life is divided between the UK and SA. So I’ve seen the Covid-19 responses in both countries, and the comparisons are revealing.

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STUART THEOBALD: SA can learn from experience as we suffer a dose of the past century’s crises

April 6, 2020

The financial turmoil will feature some elements of the Great Depression, a world war, the dot-com bubble and the 1970s oil crisis.

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: This is the time to apportion blame, correctly

March 30, 2020

The government will attribute slow growth and recovery to the coronavirus and low global demand.

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Coronavirus: cases and costs

March 25, 2020

The president’s response to the coronavirus has been solid while the Reserve Bank upgraded its response to bazooka-level; but the economy still faces severe contraction, says Peter Attard Montalto,...

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STUART THEOBALD: SA is ill-equipped to put economy on a war footing

March 23, 2020

This is war. There is a health front, but also an economic front. Saving the economy will require wartime thinking.

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Scrap the empty rhetoric and be a bit of a dictator

January 20, 2020

How many times can you say the same thing and still have people come along for the ride? When a process is mired in a lack of transparency can you say the opposite of what is actually happening?

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