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Tax dodgers in the firing line

Tax dodgers in the firing line

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has warned tax dodgers they will face prosecution and other dire consequences for not submitting returns or defrauding...
The US economy likely just entered its longest ever expansion – here's who benefited in 3 charts

The US economy likely just entered its longest ever expansion –...

The U.S. economy likely surpassed an important milestone last month: Americans are now experiencing the longest economic expansion in the nation’s history, assuming the...
Outside a coal burning power station in Witbank. Companies will now pay each time they emit a ton of greenhouse gases.

Carbon tax revenues could be harnessed to help South Africa’s poor

Climate change needs urgent action by all countries, and by all means. All countries agreed in the Paris Agreement to keep temperature “well below...
Policy uncertainty depreciated Rand in first quarter - SARB report

Policy uncertainty depreciated Rand in first quarter – SARB report

The Rand depreciated in the aftermath of the national elections due to policy uncertainty and the larger-than-expected contraction in the domestic economy in the...
Lender helps Denel pay full salaries

Lender helps Denel pay full salaries

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says after Denel announced that employees would only receive 85% of their salaries due to financial constraints, a lender...
Data fails to capture complexity of South Africa's unemployment crisis

Data fails to capture complexity of South Africa’s unemployment crisis

It’s been 25 years since democracy dawned in South Africa. But apartheid’s legacies still scar the country. Poverty remains high; inequality remains extreme –...
Rating agencies have been at the centre of major financial crises Shutterstock

Why credit rating agencies are still getting away with bad behaviour

International credit rating agencies have had their fair share of controversies over the years. They have been at the centre of the major financial...
People have skewed views on inflation. Why this matters

People have skewed views on inflation. Why this matters

Countries that use an inflation target to anchor monetary policy pay considerable attention to expectations of future inflation. South Africa is a case in point....
South Africa's creditworthiness and downgrading. Photo: Die Vryburger

South Africa’s creditworthiness and downgrading

South Africa's economists are probably learning a hard economic lesson. Once a rating company questions a country's creditworthiness and there is a downgrade, it's...
Legislation can guard against political interference and maladministration. Bakhtiar Zein/Shutterstock

Stronger laws can keep politicians from meddling in financial decisions

For governments to function optimally, there must be a good relationship between politicians and administrators. This “political-administrative interface” is a key theme of public...
South Africa has seen a steady rise in the number of protests Shutterstock

Ramaphosa’s critical choices to get South Africa back on track

South Africa’s economy is in dire straits. Unemployment has reached a 15-year high of 27.6%. And in the first quarter of this year GDP...
Italy must leave the Eurozone

Italy must leave the Eurozone

Italy must return to the lira because joining the euro has been disastrous and sticking with it would be suicidal. Italy joined the eurozone...
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