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The Madness of King Trump

Aug 15, 20181 Comment

The global effects of the US import tariff hikes have already been felt in South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa must have thought he had it (relatively)

A (Beit)bridge too far

Jul 09, 2018No Comments

A Border Management Authority (BMA) makes a lot of sense, but this could undo much of the progress made to date. Hidden among other news

A note on the strikes

Jun 18, 2018No Comments

The bus drivers’ strike in may will have far-reaching economic implications. As an economist, I am often asked to delve into unfamiliar topics to provide

Infrastructure spend and the need to regain...

May 08, 2018No Comments

There are various regional examples of how spending on infrastructure – such as roads and rail – can boost a country’s competitive advantage. In the

Kicking the can further down the road

Apr 10, 2018No Comments

Investigating a decline in infrastructure spend (part one). February came and went with the passing of the budget by the then Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Another side to the coin 

Mar 14, 2018No Comments

We all want the rand to be stronger, but there is a downside. A few columns ago I discussed how an exchange rate impacts on

As luck would have it

Feb 28, 2018No Comments

December certainly proved eventful across much of the economic spectrum. Sitting in Colesberg on the first leg of my holiday, I eagerly watched the ruling

When does a stagnant economy help?

Feb 01, 2018No Comments

When you are a bus operator… While the South African economy navigates the doldrums that have characterised 2017, the global economy continues on the path