Category Archives: Economy

A Tank of Petrol – Where Does Your Money Go?

Are you aware that less than 40% of the petrol price is made up of actual petrol cost? Most of it goes to pay tax (Fuel Levy), the Road Accident Fund and the various players in storing, wholesaling and retailing … Continue reading

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South Africa’s Importance to the World

Trends in Africa have diverged in recent years – one school of thought holds there is optimism that Africa could replace Asia as a high-growth area. It has high population growth (population will double to 2.4 billion in the next … Continue reading

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Disappointing – SA Slips Down the World Competitive Index

Every year we report on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index. This year South Africa slipped from 48th to 61st in the rankings. What was disappointing is that previously we were ranked 3rd in terms of corporate efficacy … Continue reading

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How are We Doing on the “Better Life Index”?

Since the introduction of double entry bookkeeping in the fifteenth century, it has been widely accepted that profit equates to value. This concept moved to nation states and today we measure how well a country is doing by its Gross … Continue reading

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3 Future ‘People’ Trends – Be Prepared

“Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it” (John Naisbitt, futurist and author of ‘Megatrends’) A recent survey identified three major trends for the next five years – Multinationals get stronger If one were to take the … Continue reading

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Will 2017 Be Better Than Expected?

2016 was our annus horribilis with drought, political uncertainty, low commodity prices, rising inflation and a weak currency. From such a low base, economists are arguing things should get better. What will drive the economy in 2017? Balance of Payments … Continue reading

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There’s Plenty of Good News Out There!

“When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, Don’t grumble, give a whistle! And this’ll help things turn out for the best And always look on the bright side of life!” (Monty Python’s Eric Idle) Lately, all we seem to get is … Continue reading

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Beware of Trump’s Victory – Hard Economic Times Loom for SA

Donald Trump will soon be the 45th President of the United States. So far he is still threatening to implement his populist campaign promises (e.g. partially repeal Obamacare, tear up trade agreements and deport 11 million illegal immigrants) and has … Continue reading

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