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Economics Some years back, local chicken farmers complained that they were not being protected by the state. We have all eaten imported cheap chickens – the cost was the closure of a great many local chicken producers. Sugarcane farmers now call for protection and...

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Economy Sales of new passenger cars slumped by some 10% in January compared to that of the January before. Whilst optimism is permeating our economic outlook for the year, this figure is disturbing: it would appear to be a marker of economic sentiment which does not...

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Economy Sweden has adopted The as its official coin: Reference   Business On 1 February I received a notice from Google+ to the effect that it was closing down its Googleplus accounts owing to low usage: a self-confessed nerd explained that Google had lost the fight...

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Economy The Absa PMI rose to marginally positive in December, the best level of last year. The Business Confidence Index deteriorated marginally to 31 in the last quarter. The Consumer Confidence Index settled at a marginally positive rate. Spending: in order to get...

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Economic review The Auditor-General reports an irregular first and second tier government spend of R51bn. Add to this a similar non-compliant spend by SOE’s of 24bn; mind boggles when politicians speak of oversight and other challenges. That wonderful racial...