SA caught between economic and biological disaster

The country is in a depression, not a recession, analysts say, with our economy broken

Two million fewer sales in physical stores during Black Friday weekend, according to the BankServ data

SPONSORED | The changing consumer landscape and the role that digital platforms play in the retail space

NEWS ANALYSIS: Why the government’s win against unions may be about more than a one-off cost saving

The court decision has underscored that no collective agreement with fiscal implications can be enforced if not backed by the Treasury

SA should focus on markets of tomorrow, says World Economic Forum

Green energy, artificial intelligence and data-driven markets would help the country tackle Covid-19

Loan guarantee scheme fails to reach 2.5-million small businesses, report finds

The government’s Covid-19 financial aid programme for companies  is missing the SME mark

Bleak outlook for jobs despite marginal third-quarter uptick

Economists say many households face financial uncertainty as Stats SA data reflects the devastating effect of the pandemic

Consumer confidence improves in fourth quarter

But it is at its lowest level for a Christmas period since 2015 and remains below its long-term average, according to the FNB/BER index

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Consumer confidence and nonfarm payrolls in focus

The fourth-quarter figure is expected to reflect the effects of the government ending relief payments

PODCAST: Economic news of the year: How business has adapted to Covid-19 and survived 2020

Mudiwa speaks to Sifiso Skenjana, chief economist of IQ Business, to review the year in the economy

Mining and manufacturing data highlight fragile recovery

Stats SA data suggest improvements in both sectors may be cooling

Construction sector recovery gets boost from infrastructure spend, says Afrimat

Afrimat’s gauge of the sector’s activity rose to its highest levels since the last quarter of 2019, and the outlook is good

Some private-sector workers may have a cheerier 2021

A survey from consultancy Willis Towers Watson, suggests pay could increase by 5% on average for some workers

Data points to subdued consumer demand as economy struggles back to life

Transactions were essentially flat despite hopes of festive shopping boost in November, says BankservAfrica

PODCAST | Mindsets must be changed about how to monetise academics’ research

Host Mudiwa is joined by Wayne Stocks, partner at the University Technology Fund and Prof Resia Pretorius from BioCODE

Moves finally made to fill top Treasury posts

Two deputy director-generals have been permanently appointed but the overall vacancy rate at senior management level remains high

WATCH: How the SA economy bounced back in the third quarter

Citadel chief economist Maarten Ackerman discusses the GDP data

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