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Economics C Ryan: ”… the JSE Top 40, in red, looks decidedly pedestrian against the S&P 500, which returned 278% over 10 years against the Top 40’s 28.3%.” Our Reserve Bank governor held, a week-and-a-half ago, that there is a case for lowering the banks...

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Economics You would, no doubt, have seen that our economy is now predicted to grow at some 5% this year. The interesting thing about this is that the economists, who so predict, say that we should be able to maintain that momentum – especially if the government is...

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Economics When the Prez, this week past, addressed us on the shortcomings of our public services, he touched on the essence underlying our current dilemma with the implementation of political policy. I grew up with the (British) understanding that the civil service...

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Economics You will recall that growing our middle-class was a hot political topic some years back – the thinking was that “we” needed a substantial middle-class to ensure the retention of a democratic capitalist state. This week past there were mutterings of our...

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Economics Mr Godongwana debunked the notion of using pension funds to bail out SOEs this week past. This pleased me immensely as, on checking, the only SOE that is making a profit, appears to be SAFCOL ; investing in trees is hardly a great pension move. The idea is...

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Economics South Africa is reportedly in the 80th month of a weakening economic cycle, of which only the last three can fairly be attributed to CV 19. Self-made? Certainly. I was intrigued to hear a political commentator decline naming Zimbabwe as a failed state,...